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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Artist Etches Beautiful Beach Calligraphy into South African Sands

Artist Etches Beautiful Beach Calligraphy into South African Sands

Andrew van der Merwe says that he is particularly interested in pre-colonia and colonial script, and that most of his beach art is an assemblage of meaningless symbols and words. There's even a

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Brazil’s World Cup Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil Biofuel

Brazil’s World Cup Buses to Run on Recycled Cooking Oil Biofuel

Brazil is preparing to host the World Cup next year, but the nation won't only be showing off its soccer skills. The world's largest producer of biodiesel also plans to provide green

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Fracking Dries Out Texas Town’s Water Supply

A small town in Texas has run out of water, and local residents are blaming shale gas fracking as the culprit. Barnhart, a town in Irion county, was already suffering after three years of

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Tensioned Fabric Envelopes Spanish Military Barracks Turned Science & Technology Center

Tensioned Fabric Envelopes Spanish Military Barracks Turned Science & Technology Center

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Research Shows Fox News is Behind Climate Change Denial

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Avis Magica Tower for Miami Boasts a 120 Meter-Tall Aquarium and Energy-Generating “Feathers”

Bucharest-based studio Armarada just unveiled Avis Magica - a conceptual vertical tower for Miami that boasts a 120 meter-tall aquarium and energy-generating "feathers," among many other zany

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Costa Rica is Closing its Zoos and Freeing All Captive Animals

Costa Rica is Closing its Zoos and Freeing All Captive Animals

Image via Shutterstock Costa Rica just announced that it will become the first country in the world to close down its zoos and free all captive animals. The small tropical nation is home to 4

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Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

Awesome Clay-Painted Jute Cabana in Portugal Provides Summertime Shade

In order to make the rich earthy colors, the design team made paint mixtures from local soils and clay. These were hand-painted on jute fabric, sealed with silicate mineral paint and linseed

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Killer Bee Invasion in US Linked to Warmer Temperatures

Killer Bee Invasion in US Linked to Warmer Temperatures

Image via Shutterstock This past June, a colony of 100,000 killer bees occupying a vacant Texas home swarmed the neighbor's dog, killing it with their stings. Africanized bees were brought

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6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!

6 Uber Cool Passivhaus Designs from Around the World!

Stunning FabLab Passive House at Europe’s Solar Decathlon Chalkboard-Skinned Belgian Passivhaus is a Playground for Kids JustK PassivHaus In Germany Is a Fab Prefab Wooden

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Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Beautiful Ngunguru House is a Bush Camp Residence Overlooking Coastal New Zealand

Arranged with a central hall linking various single-story rooms, the home sits on a pre-leveled plot of land with enviable views. Built with sustainably-sourced materials, the home is also

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Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Australia’s Retrofitted Illawarra Flame House Takes Slight Lead in Solar Decathlon China

Named after a tree, the Illawarra Flame House comes equipped with a 9.4 kW photovoltaic system with two different kinds of cells, a grey water treatment and a rainwater capture system. It also

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Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Researchers to Mimic Photosynthesis to Produce Zero Carbon Liquid Fuel

Image via Shutterstock Plants convert sunlight into energy every day - and researchers have long studied ways to replicate the process to develop renewable sources of fuel. Nate Lewis is a

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Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

Extraordinary Timber Skin Wraps Around Alma Hotel in Italy’s Dolomites

The architect, Ulla Hell, sought a new home for her family of five, and the existing 1960s hotel needed a smart upgrade. The residential addition is organized over two floors, and every room has

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Recipe: Delicious Blueberry, Black Bean and Corn Summer Salad

Recipe: Delicious Blueberry, Black Bean and Corn Summer Salad

We know it sounds a little bizarre to put blue berries and black beans in one dish, but trust us, this summer salad is delicious. A no-fuss family favorite that is great for picnics and other

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Walking Shelter: a Mobile Habitat that Tucks into Shoes

Walking Shelter: a Mobile Habitat that Tucks into Shoes

"Where ever you roam, there is home" has never been truer than now with this extraordinary Walking Shelter, a mobile habitat that tucks into a pair of shoes! Designed by an Australian

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Gensler Tops Out World’s Second Tallest Tower in Shanghai!

Gensler Tops Out World’s Second Tallest Tower in Shanghai!

Today Gensler announced that the world's second tallest skyscraper has been topped out in Shanghai. The twisting, mixed-use Shanghai Tower soars up to 632 meters - a height only eclipsed by the

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6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

6 Reasons to Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline Project

Via Shutterstock 1. A Ticking Carbon Bomb! We recently surpassed atmospheric carbon dioxide levels of 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. Burning the tar sands oil

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Man Attempts 1,200 Mile Journey in Solar-Powered ELF Bike/Car

Man Attempts 1,200 Mile Journey in Solar-Powered ELF Bike/Car

Organic Transit's ELF has grown from a Kickstarter project into an amazing personal transit vehicle, and now a 65-year-old man from Cambridge is attempting to ride the 1,200 miles from Durham,

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First Ever Solar Decathlon China Design Competition Kicks Off Today

First Ever Solar Decathlon China Design Competition Kicks Off Today

The first ever Solar Decathlon China collegiate design competition officially kicked off today with 22 teams representing 35 universities and 13 countries gathered to show off their awesome

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World’s First £250,000 Stem Cell Burger to be Served in London Next Week

World’s First £250,000 Stem Cell Burger to be Served in London Next Week

Next week, someone at a yet undisclosed location in London will get to eat the most expensive burger ever made - which cost a whopping £250,000! We're talking about the world's first lab-grown

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AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

AeroVelo Human-Powered Helicopter Wins Elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize!

Canadian startup Aerovelo just won the elusive $250,000 Sikorsky Prize with their incredible human-powered helicopter called Atlas! The Sikorsky rules—which were developed when the competition

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Architizer Re-Launches with Exciting New Architecture and Interiors Platform

Architizer Re-Launches with Exciting New Architecture and Interiors Platform

Architizer, one of the most popular architecture and design blogs on the web, has re-invented itself with an exciting new platform designed to empower design professionals. The new site collates

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Swiss Researchers 3D-Print Self-Assembling Helicopter Drones

Swiss Researchers 3D-Print Self-Assembling Helicopter Drones

Drones are a subject of hot debate, but a research team from Switzerland recently developed hovering plastic robots that are not only 3D-printed, but can also assemble themselves into a single

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Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial

Image via Shutterstock Three companies plan to install Europe's largest battery at a UK substation in order to test improved renewable energy storage. Solar and wind are excellent, clean

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Self-Sufficient Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Shipping Containers

Self-Sufficient Bharathi Antarctic Research Station is Made From 134 Shipping Containers

Easy to transport and erect, the shipping containers used to construct the research station in Northeast Antarctica are also easy to disassemble. This and self-sufficiency are key aspects of the

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Construction of World’s Tallest Skyscraper Grinds to a Halt Amid Safety Concerns in China

Construction of World’s Tallest Skyscraper Grinds to a Halt Amid Safety Concerns in China

The same company that constructed a 30 story building in just 15 days has ambitious plans to build the world's tallest prefabricated skyscraper in Changsha, China. Called Sky City Tower, the

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Retractable Sliding Shutters Protect Switzerland’s Floating Lake Rotsee Refuge

Retractable Sliding Shutters Protect Switzerland’s Floating Lake Rotsee Refuge

Floated on concrete pilings and connected to the lakeshore by a bridge, Lake Rotsee Refuge is the first building to be used for a future rowing club that is expected to be complete by 2016. In

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Temporary “Canned” Andy Warhol Museum Pops up in a Lisbon Mall

Temporary “Canned” Andy Warhol Museum Pops up in a Lisbon Mall

LIKEarchitects was concerned to avoid creating a museum space that follows the whitewashed convention, and opted instead for a subliminal arrangement of four thematic rooms carved out of a maze

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Snow Leopards are Fashion’s Next Victim

Image via Shutterstock Snow leopards and other wild animals from the mountains and steppes across the Tibetan plateau, Mongolia and West India are struggling to survive because of a surge in

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