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

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

With roots in Greek mythology, Cykno references metamorphosis or radical transformation - as though riding the electric bike will provide a similar, modern day experience for users. Indeed, with

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Japanese Tsunami Fish Washes up in Washington Alive!

Many of the survivor stories we have heard from the 2011 earthquake and and Fukushima disaster in Japan involve worrying levels of radiation - but now we have a happy fish tale to tell. A small

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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

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!

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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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Cantilevered Two Hull House Heated by the Earth Peers Over Coastal Nova Scotia

Cantilevered Two Hull House Heated by the Earth Peers Over Coastal Nova Scotia

Designed as a pair of "binoculars," the two pavilions also resemble ship hulls that are elevated to allow rushing sea water to pass below. The 32 foot cantilevers are supported on concrete

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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

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

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

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Industrial-Chic Village Apartments Radiate Natural Light in Amsterdam

Deeply contemporary and minimalist, the double height apartments have timber structural walls that double as closet and wardrobe spaces. The upper level, called "roof terraces," feature dining,

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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

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

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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Yellow-Brick Buda Art Studio Carved into an Abandoned Textile Factory in Belgium

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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

We had a chance to chat with Andy about the genesis of Stilts, which was carefully designed to have the smallest possible impact on this section of Coral Rag Forest. While the Kenyan-born

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Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

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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Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

Jaw-Dropping Southern House in Australia Boasts Incredible 270 Degree Coastal Views

It isn't certain where exactly the Southern House is located, but there is no question that it is hands down one of the most attractive residential programs on Inhabitat. And if you detect a

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Spiraling Green-Roofed Espoo House Clad in Siberian Larch Up for Sale in Finland

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6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

6 Ways Copenhagen Plans to Achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2025

Image via Shutterstock 1. Install More Renewable Energy In an interview with Huffington Post, Mayor Jensen briefly outlined his vision for achieving carbon neutrality in Copenhagen by 2025.

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Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Code Black Coffee: Two Melbourne Warehouses Merge to Create Industrial Chic Cafe and Roastery

Dark and moody, Code Black Coffee is an open space defined by rough steel framing, polished concrete floors, natural Oriented Strand Board walls, and black-painted brick. The original warehouse

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6 Places You Can Find Trash to Transform into Treasure

Photo via Shutterstock 1. Thrift Stores Go to any town or city and you are bound to find a thrift store. Whether its run by Salvation Army, Goodwill, SPCA or owned by a private person,

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Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Striking Energy-Efficient Balmain House Overlooks Sydney Harbor in Australia

Fox Johnston had a tiny lot to work with, though it wouldn't appear that way thanks to a deliberate effort to create the illusion of space. In part this is achieved by creating constant

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Shabby Love: A Virginia Shop Where Every Piece of Old Furniture Has a History and a Future

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