Tafline Laylin

 

After receiving her B.A. from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Tafline led “eco-friendly” camping trips throughout North America. It soon dawned on her that she was instead leaving behind a trail of gas fumes, plastic bottles and Pringles. In fact, wherever she traveled – whether it was Viet Nam or South Africa or England – it became clear how inefficiently the mandate to re-think our consumer culture is reaching the general public.

So she has picked up her mighty pen to bring better exposure to environmental issues. Tafline was born in Iran and raised in the United States, and is currently based in South Africa. She also blogs for www.greenprophet.com and her work has appeared in Africa Geographic, The Ecologist, Urban Green File, and other publications.

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Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects Convert Rustic 1760 Coach House into Spacious Breukelen House

Zecc Architecten and BYTR Architects decided to leave the exterior of the coach house almost entirely intact, retaining the character of the Breukelen building that was first constructed in the

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Worst Wildlife Disease Outbreak in North America Afflicts Bats, Could Cost Agriculture up to $53 Billion

Much has been said about the plight of honeybees and their importance to agriculture, but less has been said about the plummeting bat population. More than one million endangered gray bats

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Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

Pavilion of Dream Terraces: H&P Architects Unveil Rice Paddy-Covered Pavilion for Viet Nam’s Expo 2015

If H&P Architects win the competition to design Viet Nam's Expo 2015 Pavilion in Milan, it will have a steel frame filled up with a staggered series of salvaged wood modules of different lengths

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Pine-Clad IJburg Villa Pops up on a Manmade Island in The Netherlands

Restricted by very particular building codes for the artificial island project just outside of Amsterdam, the designer claims that most of the houses are fairly uniform. Still, their IJburg

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LIFESAVER Jerrycans Literally Save Lives with 5 Gallons of Pure Drinking Water

Gizmag reports that the LIFESAVER Jerrycan eliminates 99.999995 percent of bacteria and 99.999 percent of viruses is contaminated water, making it a fantastic solution for people who live in

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Tiny Fern Forest Treehouse Provides a Cozy Vacation Hideaway in the Woods of Vermont

Tiny Fern Forest Treehouse Provides a Cozy Vacation Hideaway in the Woods of Vermont

Albeit tucked away in the woods and lit up like a Christmas tree at night, the Tiny Fern Forest Treehouse comes with all of the amenities of the modern world including electricity, heat and even

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Buckle Up: Scientists Warn of Rougher Flights Caused by Climate Change

Buckle Up: Scientists Warn of Rougher Flights Caused by Climate Change

Photo via Shutterstock For the last few decades scientists have warned governments about climate change and the less obvious consequences of a warmer planet. So far we know that icy

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Recycled Cooking Fat to Power Equivalent of Nearly 40,000 London Homes

Image via Shutterstock Every month London spends £1 million cleaning up its sewers, which are clogged with a greasy mass of cooking oils. Now Thames Water and the utility company 20C have

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Funky Electric Cykno Bike Whizzes Around Milan for Design Week

Funky Electric Cykno Bike Whizzes Around Milan for Design Week

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Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

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Italy’s Green-Roofed Antinori Winery is Topped With a Vineyard!

Italy’s Green-Roofed Antinori Winery is Topped With a Vineyard!

Constructed with natural materials such as terracotta that not only fit in with the vernacular architecture but also help to control temperatures without excessive mechanical intervention, the

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South African Game Reserve Poisoned 100 Rhino Horns to Curtail Poaching

South African Game Reserve Poisoned 100 Rhino Horns to Curtail Poaching

Photo via Shutterstock Until now, nothing has worked to curtail rhino poaching, and 200 of the endangered animals have already been killed in South Africa this year. Tired of watching an

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Chicago Set to Break Ground on 13-Acre Elevated Sky Park This Year!

Chicago Set to Break Ground on 13-Acre Elevated Sky Park This Year!

As the design process for the Bloomingdale Trail and Park nears completion, several important details distinguish Chicago's new elevated park from the High Line. Whereas cycling is not permitted

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Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

Gorgeous Solar-Powered Blue Empire Cottage Filters Equatorial Light in Kenya

We traveled to the house by boat and were surprised to find it concealed from the shoreline, hidden as it is by a large acacia tree left intact by the designer. This complete adoration of nature

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Rumor Has it Fisker Automotive May File for Bankruptcy

Rumor Has it Fisker Automotive May File for Bankruptcy

Several news organizations are reporting that the U.S. government-backed electric vehicle company Fisker Automotive is seeking counsel from a law firm that specializes in bankruptcy proceedings.

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Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Wordsmith Charles Finn Builds Peaceful Microhomes from Reclaimed Materials

Finn's first foray into micro home construction was called the Potomac Cabin and featured a five foot loft, from which his cat 42 stared out into the landscape. He built a second just like it,

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Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Solar-Powered Floating Bar Hops Around Kenya’s Beautiful Green Islands

Fully licensed by all of the relevant authorities, the floating bar has a remarkable capacity of roughly 250 people. This is made possible by the drums, which are virtually impossible to sink.

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Study Warns That Lake Erie May Experience More Massive Algae Blooms in the Future

Study Warns That Lake Erie May Experience More Massive Algae Blooms in the Future

Everyone could sigh a breath of relief if the 2011 toxic algae bloom that engulfed 2,000 square miles of Lake Erie had been an isolated event, but sadly that is not the case. Researchers from

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Climate Change is Greening the Arctic and That’s Not a Good Thing

Climate Change is Greening the Arctic and That’s Not a Good Thing

Image via Shutterstock Normally news about greening spaces has a positive connotation, but when it comes to the Arctic, a greener landscape is not a good thing. Researchers published new

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Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Poverty-Stricken Haiti to Plant Millions of Trees, Aims to Double Forest Coverage by 2016

Photo via Shutterstock Haiti's hills were once lined with lush greenery - but now it's 98 percent bereft of plant coverage, making it one of the least forested nations on earth. To address

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Illinois Lawmaker Wants to Ban Lion Meat to Save the Species

Illinois Lawmaker Wants to Ban Lion Meat to Save the Species

Photo via Shutterstock Unbelievably, certain people in the United States have a taste for lion meat, and an Illinois lawmaker wants to do his part to keep this exotic trend from getting out

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Breezy Green-Roofed Faique Houses Nestle Into a Wild Forest in Ecuador

Breezy Green-Roofed Faique Houses Nestle Into a Wild Forest in Ecuador

The cubic dwellings have flat, green roofs that are planted with native species. In addition to integrating with the landscape, these help to insulate the interior and keep the homes cool.

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Peru Declares an Environmental Emergency in the Amazon

Peru Declares an Environmental Emergency in the Amazon

Photo via Shutterstock After years of negligence by oil and gas companies and a dearth of regulations designed to hold them accountable for their actions, the Peruvian government has declared

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Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

Swirling Green-Roofed Chinese Coin House Built in Accordance with Sacred Geometry

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New Ultra Thin Invisibility Cloak Hides 3D Objects from Microwaves

New Ultra Thin Invisibility Cloak Hides 3D Objects from Microwaves

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin have devised a new kind of invisibility cloak that can hide 3D objects from micro waves. Comprised of an ultralight

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Stilts: Inhabitat Monkeys Around in Sustainable Kenyan Treehouses

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Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Photo via Shutterstock American beekeepers, conservation groups and food campaigners have filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to

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