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If China is to implement environmental changes in a sustainable way, there must be some trade-off between being green and staying out of the red.

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Mass application of nutrients causes pollution in some areas while under-use hampers food production in others

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Ministers will divert money currently earmarked to build a new gas fired power station into projects to cut electricity demand

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