Advisor to the United Nations on water, Maude Barlow, last week announced a ban on the sale of bottled water from municipal facilities during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Bottled water has recently been implicated in increased levels of estrogen in the human population but it is the commodification of water that has made Maude mad. In Australia to address the Australian Water Summit last month, Ms Barlow flew over the mouth of the Murray River and spoke vehemently about the environmental destruction she saw there. “Until we understand that water is a fundamental right of the environment as well as present and future humans, we cannot live in harmony,” she said. Ms Barlow is spearheading campaigns across Canada to prevent damage to ground water as well as lakes and streams.