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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Water Investor and Industry Research Portal Invites Content Submissions

Water Investor and Industry Research Portal Invites Content Submissions

Water Companies and Water Experts Can Submit News, Articles and Research to Global Audience Tracking Developments in the Water Industry

POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC – February 28, 2009, www.Water-Stocks.com, WaterTheNextOil.com, a leading global investor and industry portal for the water sector invites content submissions relevant to the water industry, as global interest grows in the commodity considered more valuable than oil. Public and private companies can submit news and press releases to online investors and visitors following developments in clean or green technology. In addition, freelance journalists, industry experts and analysts can contribute articles and research on the subject.

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Water-Stocks.com (WaterTheNextOil.com) is a leading global investor and industry research portal for the water sector featuring industry and stock news, exclusive articles and financial columnists, audio interviews and Podcasts, investor conferences, Blogs, and a directory of stocks in the sector.
The site also features a growing directory of Water Stocks for independent investor research at: http://www.water-stocks.com/Water-Stocks/Stock_List.asp

Water Stocks investor Podcast with Neil Berlant, Senior Vice President of Crowell, Weedon & Co.’s Water Group, on explosive growth surrounding desalination and infrastructure repair and water stocks positioned to benefit.
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Investing In Water Stocks - Report Warns Businesses and Investors about Growing Water Scarcity Impacts from Climate Change

Investing In Water Stocks - Report Warns Businesses and Investors about Growing Water Scarcity Impacts from Climate Change


POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –February 28, 2009 - Investorideas.com and its Water-stocks.com portal update the current directory of publicly traded water stocks for 2009. A recent report by Ceres and the Pacific Institute, warns businesses and Investors about the growing water scarcity and the impacts from Climate Change.
More info- http://www.investorideas.com/news/022609c.asp

Investorideas.com was one of the first investor resources covering water stocks and features the Investing in Water Podcast series, news, resources and links and a global water stocks directory.
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For investors following the sector, a report from The IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
“Climate Change and Water”, will enlighten and inform them as to the urgency and help direct research for potential investment.
http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/tp-climate-change-water.htm
Mr. Brennan, of the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund noted in an interview in late 2008, “Water stocks are not recession proof but are recession resistant”, he notes. “People have to take a look at necessities- where they spend. Water is a necessity along with power and waste management.”

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www.Water-Stocks.com, a portal within the InvestorIdeas.com content umbrella, offers investors research tools, news, Blogs, online conferences, Podcasts , interviews and a directory of public companies within the water sector .The water-stocks content hub has created a global marketplace and meeting place for investors, public companies, industry buyers and sellers of water technology, services and water assets.

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About the IPCC:
The IPCC is a scientific intergovernmental body set up by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Its constituency is made of:
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The scientists: hundreds of scientists all over the world contribute to the work of the IPCC as authors, contributors and reviewers.
The people: as United Nations body, the IPCC work aims at the promotion of the United Nations human development goals

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Mantra (OTCBB:MVTG) Signs Exclusive Option Agreement for License to Mine Wastewater

Mantra Signs Exclusive Option Agreement for License to Mine Wastewater

Mantra To Feature Electro-Reduction of Carbon Technology at Open House Investor Reception on Friday, February 27th, 2009.

SEATTLE, Feb. 27 - Due to overwhelming support and interest at last week's Global Chinese Financial Forum, Mantra Venture Group Ltd. (OTCBB: MVTG, FSE: 5MV) is pleased to announce it will be holding an open house reception at the Kemetco Research Friday, Feb 27th, 2009. Larry Kristof, President and CEO of Mantra, will be onsite featuring live demonstrations of the company's Electro-Reduction of Carbon (ERC) technology, and to talk one-on-one with members of the investing community. In addition to technical demonstrations, Mr. Kristof will also be sharing with investors the company's strategic growth strategy in its effort to become an industry leader over the next five years.

Mr. Kristof comments: "It is with great pleasure that we open our doors to the investing community to provide a first-hand look at Mantra's ERC technology. It is very rare that investors are given the opportunity to see up close and in person the technologies underlying their investments, and I am quite confident that all of those in attendance will be fascinated by the intricate performance of Mantra's ERC reactor."

Kemetco Research Inc. is located at Unit #445, 5600 Parkwood Way, Richmond, BC Canada, V6V 2M2. Reception hours are from 4:00-7:00 pm PMT on Friday February 27th.

Mantra Signs Exclusive Option Agreement for License to Mine Wastewater

Technology

Mantra is pleased to announce that has just signed an Exclusive Option Agreement with Synergy BioMetals Recovery Systems Inc. to license its Mine Wastewater Technology. This technology effectively converts acid mine drainage into clean water with a neutral pH- suitable for release into the environment. This technology represents a significant new opportunity for Mantra and its shareholders, and it will be on-site for display and discussion at today's Investor Reception. The parties are obligated to negotiate the terms of the acquisition in good faith until March 31, 2009. This deadline may be extended to May 31, 2009 through the payment of CAD $5,000 to Synergy BioMetals Recovery Systems Inc.

About Mine Wastewater

The US Environmental Protection Agency ranks mining as the United States' top toxic polluter, reporting more toxic releases annually than any other sector. Acid generation occurs naturally in the mining process as waste rock and metal tailings are exposed to water and oxygen. The result is contaminated, toxic water that has serious ramifications on the local environment if left untreated. The EPA estimates that over 40% of US western waterways are contaminated by mining activities.

About ERC:

The ERC process, defined as the Electrochemical Reduction of Carbon dioxide, combines captured carbon dioxide with water to produce high value materials, such as formic acid and formate salts, which are conventionally obtained from the thermochemical processing of Fossil Fuels. However, ERC has an advantage over the established thermochemical methods for converting carbon dioxide to liquid fuels.

While thermochemical reactions must be driven at relatively high temperatures that are normally obtained by burning fossil fuels, ERC operates at near ambient conditions and is driven by electric energy that can be taken from an electric power grid supplied by hydro, wind, solar or nuclear energy.

MVTG also expects that the complementary nature of ERC and the electro-oxidation process that drives fuel cells may make it possible to use ERC in a regenerative fuel cell cycle, where CO(2) is converted into a fuel that is consumed in the fuel cell. The company is also exploring ERC applications for the production of steel and fuel additives.

About Mantra Venture Group Ltd.

Mantra, through its group of sustainable energy, carbon reduction and consumer product subsidiaries, is active in the green technology marketplace with an innovative, multi-faceted approach focused on profitability through sustainability. By aggressively seeking out new technologies and innovating solutions for a cleaner earth for everyone, Mantra intends to provide a highly profitable and, more importantly, socially and environmentally responsible investment for its shareholders.

Mantra is a public company quoted on the OTC BB under the symbol MVTG and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol EDV 5MV.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties. See Mantra Venture Group's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission which identify specific factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

Investor Relations
Terry Johnston
604-267-3022
tjohnston@mantraenergy.com
www.mantraenergy.com
Source: Mantra Venture Group Ltd.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Report Warns Businesses and Investors about Growing Water Scarcity Impacts from Climate Change

Report Warns Businesses and Investors about Growing Water Scarcity Impacts from Climate Change

Climate Risks Mean New Problems for Vulnerable Sectors, including Electric Power, High-Tech, Agriculture and Beverages

BOSTON, MA. – February 26, 2009 - Global climate change is exacerbating water scarcity problems around the world, yet few businesses and investors are paying attention to this growing financial threat, according to a report issued today by Ceres and the Pacific Institute.
Water is crucial for the global economy – driving every industry from agriculture to electric power to silicon chip manufacturing. Beverage, apparel and tourism also rely on supplies of clean, potable water to survive and grow.
Decreasing water availability, declining water quality, and growing water demand are creating immense challenges to businesses and investors who have historically taken clean, reliable and inexpensive water for granted. These trends are causing decreases in companies' water allotments for manufacturing, shifts towards full-cost water pricing, more stringent water quality regulations and increased public scrutiny of corporate water practices.
The report concludes that climate change will exacerbate these growing water risks – especially as the world population grows by 50 million people every year. Already, China, India and the western U.S. are seeing growth limited by reduced water supplies from shrinking glaciers and melting snowcaps that sustain key rivers. Meanwhile, agricultural and power plant production have been cut back due to more frequent and more intense heat waves and droughts in large parts of Australia, California and the southeast U.S.
"The business community needs to wake up to the reality that water is becoming scarcer and will likely become even more so in many parts of the world due to climate change," said Mindy S. Lubber, president of Ceres, which published the report, Water Scarcity & Climate Change: Growing Risks for Businesses and Investors. "It is critical that companies and investors boost their attention on this issue."
"This research sheds important light on the critical link between climate change and water issues. For businesses, addressing the risk factors of water scarcity and conflict is as urgent as addressing energy security and greenhouse gas emissions," said Jason Morrison, program director at the Pacific Institute and the report’s lead author. "With impacts of climate change on water resources already affecting businesses, this report provides a first-of-its-kind list of key questions companies and investors should be asking – and responding to – in an integrated way."
The report identifies water-related risks specific to eight key industries, including:
* Electric Power: Drought-induced water shortages have already caused power plant shutdowns in Europe, Brazil and the southeast U.S. that led to price spikes and reduced economic growth. The power industry depends heavily on water and accounts for a staggering 39 percent of freshwater withdrawals in the U.S.
* High-Tech: Eleven of the world's 14 largest semiconductor factories are in the Asia-Pacific region, where water scarcity risks are especially severe. IT firms require vast amounts of ultra clean water – Intel and Texas Instruments alone used 11 billion gallons to make silicon chips in 2007. A water-related shutdown at a fabrication facility operated by these firms could result in $100-$200 million in missed revenue during a quarter, or $0.02 or $0.04 per share.
* Beverage: Coca-Cola and PepsiCo bottlers lost their operating licenses in parts of India due to water shortages and all major beverage firms are facing stiff public opposition to new bottling plants – and to buying bottled drinking water altogether. NestlĂ© Waters has been fighting for five years, for example, to build the country's largest bottling plant in McCloud, CA.
* Agriculture: Reduced water availability is already impacting food commodity prices, as shown by last year's sharp increase in global rice prices triggered by a drought-induced collapse of rice production in Australia. Roughly 70 percent of the water used globally is for agriculture, with as much as 90 percent in developing countries where populations are growing fastest.
The report also identified specific water-related risks for apparel, biotechnology/pharmaceutical, forest products and metals/mining firms.
"This report makes clear that companies and investors can no longer take water for granted," said Anne Stausboll, chief executive officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the nation's largest public pension fund with approximately $170 billion in assets. "As a global investor, we must be mindful of water-related risks in many parts of the world and how climate change will likely exacerbate many of those risks. Disclosure by companies is an important first step in improving transparency around the risks and opportunities associated with water and climate change."
The report also highlights the intensifying conflict between energy use and water availability. With increasing frequency, choosing one of these resources means undermining the other – the other usually being water. For example, the billions of dollars spent to expand corn-based ethanol production in the U.S. and oil sands development in Canada has helped ensure increased fuel supplies, but at the expense of significant water impacts and greenhouse gas emissions that could ultimately limit these ventures in the future.
Despite these looming challenges, the report concludes that businesses and investors are largely unaware of water-related risks or how climate change will likely exacerbate them. Weak corporate disclosure on potential risk exposure and response strategies is especially glaring.

To evaluate and effectively address water risks, companies should take the following actions:
* Measure the company’s water footprint (i.e., water use and wastewater discharge) throughout its entire value chain, including suppliers and product use.
* Assess physical, regulatory and reputational risks associated with its water footprint, and seek to align the evaluation with the company’s energy and climate risk assessments.
* Engage key stakeholders (e.g., local communities, non-governmental organizations, government bodies, suppliers, and employees) as a part of water risk assessment, long-term planning and implementation activities.
* Integrate water issues into strategic business planning and governance structures.
* Disclose and communicate water performance and associated risks.
Similarly, investors should pursue the following steps to better understand potential water-related exposure in their portfolio companies:
* Independently assess companies’ water risk exposure.
* Demand more meaningful corporate water disclosure.
* Encourage companies to incorporate water issues into their climate change strategies.
* Emphasize the business opportunity side of the water challenge.
About Ceres
Ceres is a leading coalition of investors, environmental groups and other public interest groups working with companies to address sustainability challenges such as global climate change. Ceres directs the Investor Network on Climate Risk, a network of 75 institutional investors and financial firms with collective assets totaling nearly $7 trillion focused on the business impacts of climate change. www.ceres.org
About Pacific Institute
The Pacific Institute is a nonprofit research organization in Oakland, California dedicated to protecting our natural world, encouraging sustainable development, and improving global security. Founded in 1987, the Institute provides independent research and policy analysis on issues at the intersection of development, environment, and security and aims to find real-world solutions to problems like water shortages, habitat destruction, global warming, and environmental injustice. www.pacinst.org.
Contact: Peyton Fleming, Ceres, 617-247-0700 x120 or 617-733-6660 (cell); and Nancy Ross, Pacific Institute, 510-251-1600 x106.





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Monday, February 23, 2009

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Stimulus legislation small step forward in addressing water needs

Stimulus legislation small step forward in addressing water needs

AWWA: For water infrastructure, the glass is half full

For Immediate Release: February 17, 2009

(DENVER, CO) – President Barack Obama today signed into law an economic stimulus bill thatprovides $2 billion for drinking water projects and $4 billion for wastewater projects. American WaterWorks Association (AWWA) Executive Director Gary Zimmerman issued the following statement.

“For communities seeking to repair or replace critical water infrastructure, today’s signing representsand important step forward in addressing a growing national challenge. The more than $6 billioncommitted for water and wastewater needs will push forward projects critical to our nation’s publichealth protection, fire protection, economic strength and our overall quality of life.

“While the funds committed represent only a tiny fraction of the need, AWWA is optimistic that theinvestment in water will jump-start many critical projects and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.From this perspective, the glass is certainly half full.

“We applaud Congress’s decision to waive requirements that states provide matching funds, whichwould be difficult in today’s economic climate and will speed distribution of funds. It also makes goodsense to give priority to projects that can begin construction within a year, giving utilities necessary timeto complete construction plans or obtain environmental permits.

“These funds will be distributed through State Revolving Loan Fund programs with at least half beingissued as grants, negative-interest loans or similar no-cost financing tools. AWWA will actively assist itsmembers in understanding how to apply for and secure these funds, including offering a free webcastat 1 p.m. EDT Feb. 26.

“One of the hopeful upshots of a recession is that we are all forced to pay attention to things that mattermost in our daily lives. The renewed focus on water infrastructure has helped bring the conversationabout our buried water pipes above ground. Hopefully, this increased public awareness of the need toreinvest in water infrastructure will make us all better stewards of our water resources and systems.”For more information on AWWA’s efforts associated with economic recovery legislation, visitawwa.org/jobcreation.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the qualityand supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of waterprofessionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts ofthe full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become betterstewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

Contact: Greg Kailgkail@awwa.org



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Monday, February 16, 2009

WaterFurnace Renewable Energy Is Poised to Contribute to Economic Recovery and Long-Term Energy

WaterFurnace Renewable Energy Is Poised to Contribute to Economic Recovery and Long-Term Energy

Company Proposes Plan to Create Jobs and Save Energy

FORT WAYNE, IN-Feb 16, 2009 -- As President Barack Obama prepares to sign the federal Economic Stimulus Package, WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc. (Toronto:WFI.TO ) is poised to contribute to the nation's economic recovery with a plan that will create jobs and save energy.

The stimulus package is intended to create and save 3.6 million jobs and jumpstart the economy with economic recovery tax cuts and targeted investments. In addition to putting money back in the pockets of consumers and businesses, the package also includes provisions that will help achieve long-term goals, such as improving energy efficiency in both the public and private sectors.

Among those provisions, the plan calls for a disbursement of $6.9 billion to state and local governments for energy efficiency upgrades and the reduction of carbon emissions. "This could amount to as much as $100 million in the state of Indiana," said Bruce Ritchey, CEO of Indiana-based WaterFurnace, a leading manufacturer of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional geothermal and water source heat pumps.

"By investing a portion of this $100 million in rebates or low interest loans to homeowners who replace their old fossil fuel or straight electric furnaces with geothermal heat pumps, the country would definitely make progress toward the goals of the stimulus package," Ritchey said. "Indiana and other states in the country that have invested in similar programs were able to create hundreds of 'green collar jobs' while significantly increasing energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions."
According to Ritchey, a $2,000 rebate on the purchase of a geothermal heat pump -- or the availability of low interest loans -- could generate 200 heat pump sales every month in Indiana, or 2,400 unit sales at the end of the first year. "At the same time, we can create one new job for every 18 heat pump installations. By the end of the first year that means we will have created, potentially, 133 new green collar jobs (2,400 units divided by 18 installations per job). At $2,000 per unit, the total cost of a job creation/energy efficiency rebate program in the state of Indiana would be $4.8 million over the course of a year."
Every geothermal heat pump requires 24 hours of manufacturing labor and 32 hours of installation labor, according to Ritchey. Small businesses involved in the installation include heating and air conditioning contractors, electricians, plumbers, excavators and drilling machine operators. Ritchey says these businesses have the capacity and technical skills to begin installing green geothermal technology in more homes immediately.
In addition to creating jobs, the rebate program and the ensuing installation of geothermal heat pumps would cut an average four metric tons of carbon emissions per year per unit, due to the high energy efficiency of geothermal heat pump technology. "If you multiply those reductions by the average unit life of 24.4 years, that means 97.6 metric tons of emissions could be eliminated over the lifetime of each unit, and 234,240 tons over the lifetime of the 2,400 units sold through the rebate program," said Ritchey.
Looking beyond Indiana to a national rebate program, Ritchey added, "Every state should take at least five percent of the funding available through the energy efficiency portion of the stimulus package and invest it in a geothermal incentive. I can't think of a faster, more cost effective, greener way to put people back to work, save fossil fuel, reduce carbon emissions and save homeowners thousands of dollars per year for the next 24 years. It's the stimulus that keeps on stimulating."
The backdrop for Ritchey's position on use of the stimulus package funding is a U.S. heating and air conditioning industry that has been hit hard by the recession. "The collapse of the residential new construction market and the lack of consumer financing have slammed the industry over the past two years," he said. "Heating system sales were down to levels not seen since 1970."
Ritchey noted that all geothermal heat pumps are built by WaterFurnace and a few other manufacturers in the United States at domestic plants in Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Texas, Florida and New York. Geothermal systems are operating and saving energy in all 50 states and are being exported around the globe.
WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.
WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of residential, commercial, industrial and institutional geothermal and water source heat pumps. Products from WaterFurnace include energy-efficient and environmentally friendly geothermal comfort systems, indoor air quality products and pool heaters. WaterFurnace (Toronto:WFI.TO - News) was founded in 1983. The company is headquartered in Fort Wayne, Ind.
For additional information, please visit http://www.waterfurnace.com/.

Contact: Editorial Contact: Katie Stafford Godfrey 717-393-3831, ext. 159 kstafford@godfrey.com WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc. 9000 Conservation Way Fort Wayne, IN 46809 260-478-5667 http://www.waterfurnace.com/


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Investing In Water Stocks - Climate Change and Water

Investing In Water Stocks - Climate Change and Water


POINT ROBERTS, WA and DELTA, BC –February 16, 2009 - Investorideas.com and its Water-stocks.com portal update the current directory of publicly traded water stocks for 2009.

Investorideas.com was one of the first investor resources covering water stocks and features the Investing in Water Podcast series, news, resources and links and a global water stocks directory.
Water Stocks Directory: http://www.investorideas.com/Water-Stocks/Stock_List.asp

For investors following the sector, a report from The IPCC, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,
“Climate Change and Water”, will enlighten and inform them as to the urgency and help direct research for potential investment.
http://www.ipcc.ch/ipccreports/tp-climate-change-water.htm
Mr. Brennan, of the Kinetics Water Infrastructure Fund noted in an interview in late 2008, “Water stocks are not recession proof but are recession resistant”, he notes. “People have to take a look at necessities- where they spend. Water is a necessity along with power and waste management.”

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