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A major problem concerning the world today is the disposal of nuclear weapons With the Cold War we have seen a massive build up of nuclear weapons and no that we are no longer in a state of global warfare what is to be done with them As a result of the build-up in nuclear weapons during the cold war the world is now facing major environmental problems trying to deactivate them and in addition major debate are occurring on the policies of disarmament and deterrence as solutions to this global problem Countries are becoming more aware of the fact that their citizens do not want to have to worry about a nuclear attack or environmental effects of nuclear weapons testing The people of the world are calling for an end to this senseless destruction of the earth The explosive power of a nuclear weapon comes from nuclear fission or nuclear fusion or both in the case of the Hydrogen bomb A typical small nuclear weapon has the explosive yields of tens of thousands of tons of the conventional explosive TNT A large nuclear weapon can kill hundreds of thousands of people and when carried on a ballistic missile can travel intercontinental distances in less than half an hour The deployment of tens of thousands of these weapons primarily by the United Sates and the Soviet Union has threatened annihilation of millions of people with little or no warning Strategic long-range nuclear weapons include land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles ICBM submarine-launched ballistic missiles SLBMs and bombs and cruise missiles carried on long-range bombers Tactical nuclear weapons are shorter-range weapons allocated for regional use or for use in support of battlefield operations As a result of the Cold War the build-up of nuclear weapons today has never been greater The term Cold War refers to the strategic and political struggle that developed after World War II between the United States and its Wester
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