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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China’s New Premier Promises to Tackle Pollution with an “Iron Fist”

China’s New Premier Promises to Tackle Pollution with an “Iron Fist”

Photo via Shutterstock Polluters in China beware - there's a new Premier in town and he is ready to tackle pollution with an "iron fist," he told media at his debut press conference over the

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7 New and Eco-Friendly Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

7 New and Eco-Friendly Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

If you are anything like us, you are sick of buying boring old Easter egg-dyeing kits from the store that are full of artificial colors. If so, don't fret because there are many ways to decorate

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Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

Rooftop Running Track Slashes ChiCheng Primary School’s Footprint in China

What a clever idea for LYCS to put the track field on the roof, not only because it saves space and reduces the project's overall footprint, but it also provides children an inspired environment

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Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

Coastal Solar-Powered Villa F Prefab Soaks Up the Sun in Greece

The seaside site is framed by an existing natural stone wall that was incorporated into the design. The entryway ducks just under the house through a cutout in the wall and large skylights in

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GMOs and Illegal Logging Halve Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population

GMOs and Illegal Logging Halve Mexican Monarch Butterfly Population

Photo via Shutterstock Just about anyone who grew up in the eastern United States will recall the beautiful black and brown Monarch butterflies that migrate en masse from Mexico to breed and

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Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Amsterdam’s Lush Garden-Wrapped SportPlaza Mercator is Topped with a Green Roof

Located at the start of a historic 19th century city populated by people from 129 different countries, the municipality commissioned the SportPlaza Mercator in order to boost the community.

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Claesson Koivisto Rune Debuts Gorgeous Daylit Tind Prefab Houses in Scandinavia

Claesson Koivisto Rune Debuts Gorgeous Daylit Tind Prefab Houses in Scandinavia

Working with Swedish manufacturers Fiskarhedenvillan, Claesson Koivisto Rune designed three bold new homes. There is a single story home clad in bold black panels, a double story version capped

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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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Balance Associates’ Sustainable Metal-Clad Tower House Overlooks Michigan’s Glen Lake

Balance Associates’ Sustainable Metal-Clad Tower House Overlooks Michigan’s Glen Lake

The Tower House was placed on top of a wooded hill where it is possible to spot Lake Michigan on a good day. The client wanted to build a "sustainable retreat" that would preserve the area's

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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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