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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Cotton Grown in Africa is Easier on the Earth Than Conventional Plantations

Cotton Grown in Africa is Easier on the Earth Than Conventional Plantations

The cotton industry consumes a pile of water and emits significant greenhouse gases, but new research reveals that growing cotton in Africa exacts a smaller ecological price. Cotton Made in

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Warren Buffet Buys World’s Largest Solar Plant for Just Over $2 Billion!

Warren Buffet Buys World’s Largest Solar Plant for Just Over $2 Billion!

A division of MidAmerican Energy controlled by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway, MidAmerican Renewables has purchased the 579-megawatt Antelope Valley Solar Projects (AVSP) from Silicon Valley

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Gorgeous Copper and Larch-clad Dolomitenblick Apartments Blend in With the Dolomite Mountains

Gorgeous Copper and Larch-clad Dolomitenblick Apartments Blend in With the Dolomite Mountains

In accordance with planning regulations and the rich local vernacular, PLASMA Studio gave the Dolomitenblick apartment complex a sloping pitched roof and clad the whole thing in larch and

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LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

LEED-Seeking Greenland Residence Boasts an EV-Ready Garage and Other Eco Goodness

How is it possible to ensure that a home this large has a gentle environmental impact? Studio One shows us how with the charming Greenland Residence. Reached by a long private drive and

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English Farmers Believe Genetically Modified Foods Will Solve Their Wet Weather Woes

English Farmers Believe Genetically Modified Foods Will Solve Their Wet Weather Woes

Farmers at the Oxford Farming Conference told The Guardian that raising genetically modified food crops will make them more resilient to the effects of climate change. 2012 was the wettest year

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Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

Wide Roof on Wooden Teikyo University Elementary School Gathers Heat and Water in Japan

The roof covers the entire length of the Teikyo University Elementary School, which has three storeys and a total footprint of 7,788 square meters. A heat collecting device placed on the

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HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

HUB 01 Features Mobile Student Housing Covered in Plants or Solar Panels in Belgium

Katho Catholic Academy appears to be on a mission to make education fun, ecological and private with their intriguing modular student housing experiment. Each bedroom and toilet unit plugs in to

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California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

California Vets Accelerated Renewable Energy Generation and Conservation Plan

Learning from BrightSource Solar's experience with the desert tortoise, stakeholders are vetting a plan to squeeze as much renewable energy out of the California Desert as possible without

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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island

INHABITAT: Can you briefly tell us what you have in mind for your floating city off the coast of San Francisco? Max Marty: Many entrepreneurs from all parts of the globe want to come to Silicon

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Snow Made With Treated Wastewater Covers Ski Slopes in Arizona

Snow Made With Treated Wastewater Covers Ski Slopes in Arizona

A ski resort in Arizona has been angling to use artificial snow to bolster its slopes for the last seven years, but a slew of legal issues has prevented them from doing so - until now. After the

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4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

Used Christmas Trees, Shutterstock Did you know that the Christmas time tradition of adorning an evergreen tree with ornaments dates back to Latvia in 1510 when the first decorated tree was

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Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

Eight US sailors have filed a lawsuit against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) that owns the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that melted down after an earthquake and tsunami struck in

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Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

Striking Green-roofed Earthwall 2 Residence is an Energy Efficient Groundscraper in Idaho

At 5994 square feet, Earthwall 2 is no tiny home, but a series of sensitive interventions compensate for its large footprint. Built with the designer's own post-tensioned steel rammed earth

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Café Melba is a Rustic Eatery Shaded by Ancient Angsana Trees in Singapore

Café Melba is a Rustic Eatery Shaded by Ancient Angsana Trees in Singapore

The rustic interior receives plenty of daylight, eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day, but since the weather in Singapore can get uncomfortably sultry, it was also

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Rare Christmas Twisters Thrash the Deep South, Winter Storm Heads Northeast

Rare Christmas Twisters Thrash the Deep South, Winter Storm Heads Northeast

A massive storm system unleashed rare winter twisters on Christmas day - and now it's heading for the northeast, NPR reports. After pummeling America's midsection with torrential rain and snow,

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The Forest: Detroit Riverfront Competition Winner Plans to Green America’s Automobile Center

The Forest: Detroit Riverfront Competition Winner Plans to Green America’s Automobile Center

Like a fairytale, 'The Forest' plugs a void between the city and the river with a series of trees, trails, and performance spaces. Existing sculptures will remain, although Atelier Why proposes

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Upcycled Bottles Become Giraffes, Hippos and Pigs in Nishi Chuahan’s Animal Farm Lamp Collection

Upcycled Bottles Become Giraffes, Hippos and Pigs in Nishi Chuahan’s Animal Farm Lamp Collection

No backyard barn job, this collection of glass animals is comprised of a series of preserve jars, wine bottles and other used glassware transformed into playful lamps. Working with wood and lac

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Geothermally-Heated EHA Family Residence is a Rustic Mountain Retreat in Wyoming

Geothermally-Heated EHA Family Residence is a Rustic Mountain Retreat in Wyoming

Whilst undoubtedly a luxury home that is out of reach for most people, the EHA residence in Wyoming was constructed as a low-energy home built sustainably. Almost all of the siding is comprised

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2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

2012 Extreme Weather Damage Amounted to the Second Most Costly Year in US History

The cleanup cost for extreme weather events in 2012 makes this year the second most costly in US history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced last week. There

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12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed the Mayans

12-21-12 Eco Challenges Are Similar to Those That Collapsed the Mayans

It's the 21st of December 2012, the end of a Mayan calendrical epoch that spanned 144,000 days, and according to some, humanity is expected to shift into a new era of collective consciousness.

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Hip Chasen Residence Boasts an Ultra Tight Envelope That Spares Energy in North Carolina

Hip Chasen Residence Boasts an Ultra Tight Envelope That Spares Energy in North Carolina

Built for just $117 per square foot, the Chasen Residence is compact, affordable and decidedly contemporary. In order to create a sense of expansiveness, the design team clustered the entryways,

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Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Sculptural Lazika Municipality Building Ushers in an Era of Climate Responsive Architecture in Georgia

Propped up on stilts to keep it safe from flooding, a common technique in the region, the Lazika Municipality Building is comprised of three distinct volumes that are nonetheless interconnected.

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Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Gorgeous Coastlands House Gets 80% of its Power From the California Sun

Remarkably well-connected to the wild seaside landscape, Coastlands House features a magnificent palette of natural materials - including the stone base which connects the home to the uphill

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Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

Increased Volcanic Eruptions Linked With Climate Change, Say Researchers

It is well known that when volcanos erupt and spew ash into the environment, those increased particles can block sunlight from reaching the earth and cause temperatures to drop. But now

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Cadogan Cafe’s Retractable Glass Wall Responds to Local Weather Conditions in the UK

Cadogan Cafe’s Retractable Glass Wall Responds to Local Weather Conditions in the UK

NEX Architecture beat out some serious competition to win an international competition to design the Cadogan Cafe in Chelsea. To be located near the Saatchi Gallery in the Duke of York Square,

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Tiered Green Roofs Crown the Landmark Bobigny School in France

Tiered Green Roofs Crown the Landmark Bobigny School in France

Located on a tight urban block, the school is one part of a larger complex, but it was primarily important to ensure that the children should feel protected. This sensibility is achieved with

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1.9 Million Worms Chomp Down Airport Waste in North Carolina

1.9 Million Worms Chomp Down Airport Waste in North Carolina

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina has deployed 1.9 million worms to turn a boatload of organic waste into fertilizer. Every day the airport housekeeping department

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Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

Industrial Chic Mishima House is a Sterling Example of Low Budget Urban Housing in Japan

It was very important to maintain a sense of privacy despite the home's location amid the din of central Tokyo. This is achieved with a near solid cladding illuminated thanks to windows on the

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Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

Solitary Bromont Residence is a Contemporary Cabin at the End of a Winding Road in Quebec

The Bromont Residence is a compact 2700 square meter cabin built of natural materials in Quebec. Clad in wooden cladding, it also boasts a cedar cathedral ceiling within. This material palette

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