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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New Study Shows Plants Talk to Each Other Through the Soil

New Study Shows Plants Talk to Each Other Through the Soil

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Gehry’s National Art Museum of China Design Sports a Rooftop Garden Gallery

Gehry’s National Art Museum of China Design Sports a Rooftop Garden Gallery

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James Stockwell exploited three sine curves to create the home's unique form, while relying on low embodied energy materials to fit in with the vernacular architecture of Victoria's south coast.

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Pop-Up Mini-Farmery Shop is Absolutely Covered in Organic Veggies

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President Obama Issues Executive Order to Protect Africa’s Elephants and Rhinos

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Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

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New Study Shows Insecticide Alters Honeybee Genes

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19 Elite Firefighters Killed by Deadly Yarnell Hill Wildfire in Arizona

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Obama Suspends Bangladesh Trade Perks Over Worker Rights

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Gigantic Eight-Foot-Tall VIPP Rubbish Bin Pops Up in Copenhagen!

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