04 Jul '11, 4am

India Offers Free Cars For People to Get Sterilized

It could be said that two of the biggest challenges facing our planet arrise from a surging, resource-hungry human population, and from the steady rise in the amount of greenhouse gas emissions which threaten to alter its climate -- but in an unprecedented move to counter the former, the government of India is essentially spurring the latter. In the Indian state Rajasthan, health officials are hoping to lure at least 30,000 men and women into voluntarily being sterilized by offering them expensive incentives, like cars, to ensure that there's never a baby on board. With 1.21 billion people within its borders, India is on track to become the world's most populous nation -- already accounting for 17 percent of humans on the planet. For decades the Indian government has tried implementing programs geared towards slowing its population growth, but so far none have been suffici...

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