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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Sociable Weavers Build Giant Climate-Controlled Nests in the Kalahari Desert

Sociable Weavers Build Giant Climate-Controlled Nests in the Kalahari Desert

Captured by South African photographer Dillon Marsh, these fantastic photographs depict the many designs employed by sociable weavers to build sturdy nests that are safe from intruders such as

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Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

Scrapped Ambulance Transformed into Inspiring Playground for Disabled Children in Malawi

After clearing the small plot of land adjacent to the hospital, van Baarsen and van Hoeckel livened the space up with some recycled materials turned into an inspiring pseudo hospital. In

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Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Cloud Seeding Could be Used to Prevent Flooding in Indonesia

Photopixel / Shutterstock Scientists working on a project to slow down the relentless flooding that has swamped Jakarta since mid January say that cloud seeding is getting the job done.

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Organic, Vegan Baba Ghanoush The Whole Family Will Love (Recipe)

Organic, Vegan Baba Ghanoush The Whole Family Will Love (Recipe)

THE INGREDIENTS 6 small or 3 large organic eggplants 1 fresh-squeezed lemon 2 cloves of crushed organic garlic (or just one for those who aren't evading vampires) 2 Tbsp organic tahini

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Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injuring More than 900 People

Meteorite Slams into Russia, Injuring More than 900 People

Image YouTube/Андрей Борисович Королев via Slate A meteorite exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia on Friday morning, causing a sonic boom and injuring more than 900 people.

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SOA Architects’ Prefab Les Coccinelles Nursery is Wrapped in Delicate Sunlight-Diffusing Panels

SOA Architects’ Prefab Les Coccinelles Nursery is Wrapped in Delicate Sunlight-Diffusing Panels

The Saint-Gratien nursery is separated into three different sections that each correspond to a different age group. Its prefabricated metal shell creates a materially-efficient structure that is

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Horse Meat Scandal Tainted Anew With “bute” – a Painkiller for Horses

Horse Meat Scandal Tainted Anew With “bute” – a Painkiller for Horses

studiogi / Shutterstock England's farming minister admitted that eight horses slaughtered in the UK tested positive for phenylbutazone, a pain killer for horses that can be very dangerous to

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Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Modern Charred Timber Rooftecture HH Home in Japan Boasts Abundant Daylighting

Rooftecture HH was designed to do ensure that the inhabitants would still feel an intense connection to the natural environment, including the site's light and wind. With views of the nearby

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Drinking Coca-Cola Killed New Zealand Mom, Coroner Concludes

Drinking Coca-Cola Killed New Zealand Mom, Coroner Concludes

Liv friis-larsen / Shutterstock A 31-year-old mother from New Zealand died three years ago from drinking too much Coca-Cola, a coroner has found. Natasha Harris was addicted to the beverage,

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Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Mickey Muennig Designed This Gorgeous Glass Domed California Greenhouse in 1976!

Sometimes we get so caught up in exciting new sustainable homes designed in Japan and Scandanavia, that we forget to honor the original masters of organic architecture. Take Mickey Muennig, who

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Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Zero Carbon Solar-Powered Long Studio Sits Gently Upon the Earth in Rural England

Modeled after the local vernacular in this agricultural region of England, The Long Studio leaves a massive aesthetic imprint, yet it has a very modest environmental footprint. Built with

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Top Gear Bravely Tests World’s Smallest Car on England’s Hectic A3 Highway

Top Gear Bravely Tests World’s Smallest Car on England’s Hectic A3 Highway

Jeremy Clarkson takes the world's smallest car for a terrifying test drive on England's busy A3 highway in this hilarious Top Gear episode. Built with a four wheel, all-terrain drive train, the

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Horse Meat Scandal May be Linked to International Mafia Gangs

Horse Meat Scandal May be Linked to International Mafia Gangs

Image of mafia guy smoking, Shutterstock The horse meat scandal in the UK and Europe has taken a new turn since it has emerged that food contaminated with equine DNA may be linked to

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Incredibly Useful Guide Lists the Pros and Cons of Six Cow Milk Alternatives

Incredibly Useful Guide Lists the Pros and Cons of Six Cow Milk Alternatives

Have you been waiting to remove cow milk from your diet because you don't where to start with some of the alternatives available on the market? If so, you might find this handy guide incredibly

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John Patrick Hits NY Fashion Week With Recycled Cashmere and Other Eco Fabulous Materials

John Patrick Hits NY Fashion Week With Recycled Cashmere and Other Eco Fabulous Materials

John Patrick hit New York Fashion Week with Organic’s Fall/Winter 2013 collection made with some exciting new sustainable fabrics. Inspired by his beginnings in New York’s East

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Vaute’s All-Vegan Fashion Line Premiers at New York Fashion Week

Vaute’s All-Vegan Fashion Line Premiers at New York Fashion Week

Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart's all-vegan fashion line Vaute made its first debut at New York Fashion Week with a host of new designs that sizzled on the runaway. A clothing line that animal rights

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Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

Bonnifait + Giesen’s Cornege-Preston House is a Passive Solar Sink in New Zealand

The Cornege-Preston house is 40 meters long and six meters wide. Spread out thusly, which is made possible by a large plot, every section of the home is exposed to achieve maximum solar gain.

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Massive Storm Could Dump Historic Levels of Snow in the Northeast United States

Massive Storm Could Dump Historic Levels of Snow in the Northeast United States

Manhattan during 2010 snow storm, Shutterstock Municipalities from New York to Maine are preparing for what some experts say might be a historic storm that could dump record levels of snow in

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Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Rooftecture OT2: Endo Shuhei’s Perforated Building Permits Air and Light While Blocking Peeping Toms in Japan

Shuhei has built a series of structures using industrial-chic metal facades, but few are as striking as Rooftecture OT2 in Osaka. Designed to shut out the street while still permitting air and

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WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

WWF’s Google-Funded Drones to Track Dangerous Wildlife Poachers

Image of US army drone, Shutterstock The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has announced plans to deploy aerial drones to get control of the escalating illegal wildlife trade, which is quickly

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Maja’s House: A Teeny Weeny Replica of Herzog & de Meuron’s Rudin House Rises in Poland

Maja’s House: A Teeny Weeny Replica of Herzog & de Meuron’s Rudin House Rises in Poland

Maja helped to design the six square meter tiny house. Though the architects implored her to consider a flat-topped house, she insisted on the archetypal gabled home with a chimney. She even

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Lakeside Private House Bellmund Has a Hardy Shell and a Warm Wooden Interior in Switzerland

Lakeside Private House Bellmund Has a Hardy Shell and a Warm Wooden Interior in Switzerland

Located in an agricultural region outside of Biel, this striking home has a timber frame and interior and a strong, low-cost corrugated skin that makes the home tolerant of all manner of harsh

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Working Less and Playing More Could Slow Down Climate Change, New Study Shows

Working Less and Playing More Could Slow Down Climate Change, New Study Shows

Image of man in a suit on the beach, Shutterstock Bring on the four day work week. New research shows that working fewer hours and enjoying more downtime could forestall climate change. The

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The Alaskan Brewing Company Runs on Energy Generated by its Own Beer

The Alaskan Brewing Company Runs on Energy Generated by its Own Beer

The Alaskan Brewing Company has gone green by burning spent grain to power its brewery in Juneau, Alaska. Formerly, the brewery had to ship off the waste product of its operations to farms in

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Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti’s Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais Will be the World’s Largest Solar-Powered Hospital

Haiti's electricity supply is intermittent, which spells big trouble for a hospital that needs round-the-clock power to keep machines running and medicines cool. “It’s not great if you’re

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New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids

New Jerusalem Orphanage is a Vibrant Shipping Container Home for South African Kids

Two sisters established the orphanage in 2000 in order to care for children in the Midrand who have been either abandoned or orphaned because of poverty, HIV or other social problems. Due to

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Colorado Public Library Adds a Seed Bank to Attract More Growers and Readers

Colorado Public Library Adds a Seed Bank to Attract More Growers and Readers

Image of seed packets, Shutterstock The Basalt Public Library in Colorado has added a seed bank to its collection of books, CDs and other media in order to attract more readers, NPR reports.

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Oxfam Photo Essay Shows What Seven Families Across the Globe Eat in a Week

Oxfam Photo Essay Shows What Seven Families Across the Globe Eat in a Week

Photo: Tom Pietrasik/Oxfam The images include families from seven different countries, including Azerbaijan, Sri Lanka, Armenia, the United Kingdom, Tajikistan and Zimbabwe. Some of the

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House Hafner is a Beautiful Light-Filled Cubic Retreat With a Living Green Garage in Germany

House Hafner is a Beautiful Light-Filled Cubic Retreat With a Living Green Garage in Germany

Built for a couple who likes to entertain, House Hafner benefits from a private plot at the end of a blind alley that allowed the designer to create an open plan space that opens to the verdant

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