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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Tafline Laylin
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

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Boat-Shaped Nueva Esperanza School in Ecuador Was Built With Bamboo, Timber and Straw

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4 Ideas to Keep Christmas Trees From Going to Waste!

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Eight US Sailors Sue Tepco Over Fukushima Radiation Exposure

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Tiered Green Roofs Crown the Landmark Bobigny School in France

Tiered Green Roofs Crown the Landmark Bobigny School in France

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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

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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

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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

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Dangerous Coal Use Surges Despite Despite Global Warming

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Shell.ter is a Funky Pergola Tunnel Made From 84 Ordinary Plastic Chairs in Portugal

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Ultra-Slim Viewing Tower Rises 66 Feet Over the River Vecht in The Netherlands

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Jane Goodall Warns Elephants Could Become Extinct Because of Illegal Ivory Trade

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DIY Gift Wrap and Tags Made From Chip Bags, Clothes and Other Recycled Items

DIY Gift Wrap and Tags Made From Chip Bags, Clothes and Other Recycled Items

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20 Glittering Green Jewelry Gifts to Give This Holiday

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Harry Potter-esque Invisibility Cloak Could Disguise American Soldiers From Enemies

Harry Potter-esque Invisibility Cloak Could Disguise American Soldiers From Enemies

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18 Green Gifts for Earth-Loving Boys

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