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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Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

Skinny Eel’s Nest Home and Office in LA Takes Cues from Impossibly Narrow Japanese Lots

The original home was built on this unique 780 square foot lot in 1929, and although most of it had to be demolished, some of the original basement walls are still visible. Anonymous Architects

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Aquascape Sues Over Collapse of World’s Largest Sloped Green Roof Near Chicago

Aquascape Sues Over Collapse of World’s Largest Sloped Green Roof Near Chicago

Parts of the world's largest sloped green roof collapsed the day before Valentine's Day in 2011 after record snowfall and two weeks of freezing temperatures finally began to subside. At the

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China’s Autonomous Antarctic Polar Rover Powered by UGE’s HoYi! Wind Turbine

China’s Autonomous Antarctic Polar Rover Powered by UGE’s HoYi! Wind Turbine

Beijing's Aeronautics and Astronautics University just launched their "Polar Rover,” an autonomous research vessel that is exploring the effects of global warming on Antarctica. The 300

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Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

Reflective Predator-Like Armor Clads the Cairns Botanical Gardens Visitor Center in Australia

The visitor center is clad in a series of flat panels that are each placed at different angles, warping the reflecting landscape in interesting ways. Likewise the building itself bends to

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Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Minimalist Carling Residence Requires Zero Air Conditioning in Canada’s Pristine Landscape

Using a restrained material palette that includes wood, stone, concrete and white walls, TACT Architecture was able to make the outdoors a crucial element of their overall design. The northern

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Coal Plants Kill Thousands of People in India Each Year, Says Greenpeace

Coal Plants Kill Thousands of People in India Each Year, Says Greenpeace

Photo via Shutterstock A recent Greenpeace report found that Up to 120,000 premature deaths every year result from India's failure to properly control emissions from a growing number of coal

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Agora Tower: Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens Breaks Ground in Taipei

Agora Tower: Twisting Skyscraper Wrapped With Vertical Gardens Breaks Ground in Taipei

Designed to mimic two encircling hands and the helical structure of DNA, the towers are organized a central core that allows for what the design team call a "hyper-abundance of suspended

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Beautiful New Sod Room Provides Communal Green Play for Chicago Kids

Beautiful New Sod Room Provides Communal Green Play for Chicago Kids

Frustrated with an absence of communal, eco-minded play areas in the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago, Cynthia Valenciana and her husband commissioned design extraordinaire Jen Talbot to

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Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

Commonage’s Rain-Capturing Cowshed is Made Entirely From Reclaimed Materials

The Cowshed Collective design and build workshop was the third of three focused on creating new infrastructure for Callan, including a river walk and a seasonal bridge design led by LiD

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Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Failed US CITES Bid

Trade in Polar Bear Parts to Continue Unabated Following Failed US CITES Bid

Photo via Shutterstock The United States proposal to ban the sale of polar bear parts was struck down yesterday after a bitter fight at the Convention on Trade in Endangered Species

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‘Pink Slime’ Maker’s Suit Against ABC News is Becoming a Landmark Defamation Case

‘Pink Slime’ Maker’s Suit Against ABC News is Becoming a Landmark Defamation Case

Photo via Shutterstock After ABC News ran a series last year that gave Beef Products Inc.'s 'lean finely textured beef' the unflattering moniker 'pink slime,' the story went viral. Blogs and

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400,000 Square Foot ONE Greenville Development in South Carolina Targets LEED Gold

400,000 Square Foot ONE Greenville Development in South Carolina Targets LEED Gold

A large array of solar panels will generate 36kWh for the entire complex on site, thereby reducing dependance on the national grid and cutting overall carbon emissions. Further carbon cutting

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Spidery Shellstar Pavilion Lures Festival Goers into its Web in an Empty Hong Kong Lot

Spidery Shellstar Pavilion Lures Festival Goers into its Web in an Empty Hong Kong Lot

The design process is fairly complicated, but suffice to say that it only took six weeks to get from design to fabrication and to assembly - a three-step process made possible by parametric

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40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

40,000 Recycled Plastic Bottles Insulate the Gorgeous Zero Energy Tvzeb Studio in Italy

Comfort, environmental sensitivity and livability were among the main driving principles behind this stellar design, which partially explains the use of natural materials that integrate so well

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Mad Max Film Crew Endangered World’s Oldest Desert in Namibia

Mad Max Film Crew Endangered World’s Oldest Desert in Namibia

Photo via Shutterstock A leaked report reveals that director George Miller's film crew compromised fauna and flora in the world's oldest desert while filming Mad Max: Fury Road, starring

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Washington State Official Says Cyclists Emit More CO2 Than Motorists and Must be Taxed

Washington State Official Says Cyclists Emit More CO2 Than Motorists and Must be Taxed

Photo via Shutterstock In a bid to raise funds for a $10 billion transportation bill in Washington State, legislators want to impose a $25 tax on all bicycles that cost more than $500. When

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Tiny Forest Pond House Offers Peace and Tranquility in a Tucked-Away Corner of Hampshire

Tiny Forest Pond House Offers Peace and Tranquility in a Tucked-Away Corner of Hampshire

TDO Architecture says in their design brief that they used contrasting qualities to create a special ambience. The darker portions of the very small house constructed of timber, glass and copper

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North Pole Could be a Viable Shipping Route by 2050

North Pole Could be a Viable Shipping Route by 2050

Photo via Shutterstock Scientists from the University of California have announced that by 2050, ships will be able to travel across the north pole in summer months. Laurence C. Smith and

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Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

Birch Trees and Antiques Create a Fairytale Woodland in Japan’s Onico Beauty Salon

A fan of antiques and do-it-yourself projects, the client was responsible for a great deal of the interior furnishings. These include frames as decorative wall objects, antique chairs and

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HIV-Infected Child from Mississippi is Cured, Scientists Say

HIV-Infected Child from Mississippi is Cured, Scientists Say

Photo via Shutterstock A young girl from Mississippi who was infected with HIV has been cured of the disease, scientists reported at a conference over the weekend. After the disease was

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School Propped up on Plastic Drums Floats on Nigerian Flood Waters

School Propped up on Plastic Drums Floats on Nigerian Flood Waters

Lagos has long been plagued by periodic flooding that wreaks havoc on day-to-day life, so Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi conceived an idea that would allow local communities to live in harmony

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Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

Tiny Timber Fiscavaig House Rests on Stilts in an Ancient Scottish Landscape

In addition to its small footprint of 70 square meters, the small timber house on the western side of the Isle of Skye in Scotland makes optimum use of natural light and ventilation in order to

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Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Researchers Call for Legalizing Rhino Horn Trade to End Poaching

Photo via Shutterstock Some researchers believe that creating a legal rhino horn trade is the only way to curb runaway poaching of the endangered mammal. At present, roughly two rhinos are

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Snøhetta Wins Competition to Design €50 Million Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center in France

Snøhetta Wins Competition to Design €50 Million Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center in France

Tucked into the side of a hill to retain harmony with the existing topography, the Lascaux IV Cave Painting Center will provide visitors with a rich multi sensory experience that is designed to

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Arctic Safe from Shell Drilling – for Now

Arctic Safe from Shell Drilling – for Now

Environmentalists threw a small victory party yesterday after Shell announced that it is abandoning its 2013 Arctic drilling plans, but the company insists that this is simply a pause. While the

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Yahoo CEO Marisa Meyer Bans Telecommuting in a Devastating Blow to Environment, Working Parents

Yahoo CEO Marisa Meyer Bans Telecommuting in a Devastating Blow to Environment, Working Parents

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently announced that all Yahoo employees must report to the office for duty starting this summer. Accustomed to telecommuting, many of these employees are angry about

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Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Solar-Powered Forever House: Dowdy Red Bricks Given New Life as a Slick Fresco Facade

Sustainability and flexibility were two of the most important aspects of the design brief, which is why so much effort went into reusing existing materials, including several types of brick and

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Google Unveils Plans for Enormous Green-Roofed Expansion of California Headquarters

Google Unveils Plans for Enormous Green-Roofed Expansion of California Headquarters

Google has been cleaning up existing buildings in cities across the globe, from San Francisco to Berlin, turning them into colorful work and play environments that are the envy of every cubicle

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New Study Shows Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056

New Study Shows Global Coral Bleaching Could Occur by 2056

JonMilnes / Shutterstock Coral bleaching occurs when sea temperatures rise and kill algae that are the source of color and food for most corals around the globe - and a new study shows that

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