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George Bush leads the US toward a policy of unilateral, pre-emptive counterproliferation warfighting strategy.

Abolish nuclear weapons

The Cold War may be over, but this does not mean nuclear weapons have disappeared. Far from it: There are over 30,000 nuclear weapons in the world, with more than a thousand of them ready to launch at a moment's notice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Over 400 reactors in warships and nuclear submarines are still circlingthe globe. Some are rotting away on the bottom of the ocean or in adistant port somewhere in Russia. Accidents such as the Russiansubmarine, the Kursk, tragically sinking in the Barents Sea can happenevery day, anywhere.

Over 2,000 nuclear weapons tests have left a legacy of global andregional contamination. People living near the test sites have sufferedfrom cancers, stillbirths, miscarriages and other health effects -- and are still suffering today. Manyhad to leave their hometown or island as it became too contaminated tolive there.

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The nuclear threat has quite literally scaled down in the last twodecades. While the prospect of an all out exchange of arsenals betweenRussia and the US has receded, the 15 kilotons of destructionthat obliterated Hiroshima could today be accomplished with a lunch-boxsized bomb. George Bush talks openly of developing new "more useable"nuclear weapons. Even more alarmingly, the administration continues toseek approval for a programme geared toward designing more robust, more'usable' nuclear weapons.

The prospects of a nuclear weapon actuallybeing used are perhaps greater today than during the cold war.

Today, the number of countries involved in active weapons programsis increasing. A growing number of countries are lining up to join thenuclear club, increasing the chance that a nuclear catastrophe willhappen somewhere on the planet. 

George Bush's war on Weapons of Mass Descruction had its firstconcrete result when the number of countries in the world with declarednuclear weapons increased to 8 from 7, when North Korea announced thatit had built "enough nuclear weapons to deter a US attack."

Nuclear brinkmanship is inevitable in a climate of nuclearhypocrisy. Only when all countries pursue nuclear disarmament in goodfaith can we begin putting the nuclear genie back in the bottle bybanning the use and manufacture of the nuclear materials at the heart of the bomb.

The only thing that will stop the threat is the voice of the second superpower: world opinion.

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Greenpeace genetic engineering (food) in depth document

Publication | 16 June, 2001 at 0:00

For more information about genes, genetic engineering and how it is done, unpredictable effects, inadequate safety testing of GE food, GE products on the market, public concern, labelling, who is in control, antibiotic resistance, and the...

Traditional farming methods in India are

Image | 15 June, 2001 at 0:00

Traditional farming methods in India are safer from the biotech threat now that Bayer has terminated its GE projects.

More in depth information about the Biosafety Protocol

Publication | 14 June, 2001 at 0:00

More information about the protocol’s history, key provisions, labelling requirements, socio-economic concerns, relationship between the protocol and the World Trade Organisation, protocol ratification and public consultation read our in depth...

Greenpeace patents on life in depth document

Publication | 14 June, 2001 at 0:00

In depth information about the Greenpeace genetic engineering (patents on life) campaign.The document covers issues such as: patents on life; broad species patents; biopiracy; fair trade; patents; and the World Trade Organisation and human patenting.

Activist wearing t

Image | 7 June, 2001 at 1:00

Activist wearing t-shirt that says "Don't go" stands watch in front of a Japanese whaling vessel.

Gerd Leipold

Image | 6 June, 2001 at 1:00

Gerd Leipold, on his appointment as International Executive Director of Greenpeace.

What is the real cost of America's GMO harvest?

Image | 1 June, 2001 at 1:00

What is the real cost of America's GMO harvest?

Women carrying baskets of seeds to dry them

Image | 1 June, 2001 at 1:00

Women carrying baskets of seeds to dry them in the sun, Nayakrishni centre, Bangladesh.

Bolivian villager digs up potatoes

Image | 1 June, 2001 at 1:00

Bolivian villager digs up potatoes at the end of the harvest, which uses natural fertilizers.

Bolivians with their home grown potatoes

Image | 1 June, 2001 at 1:00

Bolivians with their home grown potatoes.

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