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MagpieApril sees the start of the breeding season for many birds in the Algarve, none more remarkable than the Azure-winged Magpie, which is strongly defying predictions that it may be facing extinction, write Len Port.
About the size of a blackbird but appearing bigger because of its multi-coloured body and much longer tail, the Azure-wing’s brash and boisterous behaviour also make it easy to spot.  

New Research Exposes Europe’s Most Toxic DriversThe Eco Experts, a leading European solar and home improvements site, has released a new map exposing the European countries with the most noxious drivers, with the Czech Republic outed as the most toxic.
The study investigates driver toxicity in 25 European countries by cross-referencing data for the percentage of alternative fuel cars, average vehicle age, the number of vehicles per 1,000 people, and ambient air pollution.

Via Algarviana Survey - your opinion mattersFilipa Gonçalves, Masters student from the Escola Superior de Gestão, Hotelaria e Turismo da Universidade do Algarve is developing her thesis regarding “Tourism and Walking Trails – The Via Algarviana”, based in Via Algarviana’s user profile study and is supported by the managing entity of this Long Distance Path, Associação Almargem. In an effort to collect data for her work, all the hikers and cyclists that have or are currently trailing the Via Algarviana are called to participate by filling out a short on-line form.

OilReferendumSMALLAfter a nail-biting two weeks, in which so many things have been happening at the same time in the offshore oil-drilling environment in Europe and in which ENI was playing a leading role, the unbelievable happened: PALP, on Friday, 23 February, extended GALP-ENI’s TUPEM licence to drill of the coast of Aljezur by a further three months? - writes Laurinda Seabra of ASMAA
This decision, according to PALP themselves and present in various online publications, was made in a private meeting held behind closed doors at the Loulé Administrative Court last Friday, with representatives of both the government and ENI.

4794Carlos Sousa, mayor of Albufeira, died from a heart attack last Thursday evening, after a long and hot debate, fighting crude oil extraction off the Algarve and Alentejo coastlines, writes Jack Soifer.
From the beginning, Carlos Eduardo Silva e Sousa supported the efforts of the environmental associations.

Living in harmony - free for a 5 year periodLiving in harmony with nature at The Green Man Hotel at Torvec, (The Odeleite River Valley Eco Centre) we have an exclusive for ADN readers, a new shareholding offer available with a low cost living opportunity for a small number of committed individuals or couples, looking for the healthier living lifestyle that Torvec can provide with it's beautiful river valley location, and pollution free environment.

The free living for life offer which we were promoting some time ago has now been withdrawn, it would appear that a free living for life opportunity was too good to be true for most people, so this new opportunity is no longer going to be “free for life” rather only free for a 5 year period, except for the working shareholder plan which is a more open-ended opportunity and free for as long as required.

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