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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Snow Leopards are Fashion’s Next Victim

Snow Leopards are Fashion’s Next Victim

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US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

US Military Drops Four Disabled Bombs on the Great Barrier Reef

The US military dropped four bombs weighing a total of 4,000 pounds on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as part of a training exercise last week. The bombs, which were unarmed, were supposed

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Living Bamboo Used to Grow Structures for China’s Experimental ‘City in Sky’

'City in Sky' is comprised of a platform elevated on stout bamboo poles, a series of small huts, and two living, growing open air bamboo structures. These are made with live bamboo that were

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Poisoned Free Lunch Kills at Least 22 Children in India

When a cook at a school in northeastern India began to prepare a lunch of rice, beans, potato curry and soy balls, she claims to have noticed something wrong with the cooking oil. Reportedly she

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CIA Sponsors $630,000 Geoengineering Study to Protect Us from Mad Scientists

Image via Shutterstock Think about it: a mad scientist reads the same alarming news about rising seas and dying bees and decides he/she is going to save us all with some crazy geoengineering

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4N House: Fukushima Survivors’ New Home is Raised On Stilts in Nara, Japan

4N House: Fukushima Survivors’ New Home is Raised On Stilts in Nara, Japan

By stacking the house on pilots, Ninkipen! achieved a variety of purposes: minimal site disturbance, which is great, maximizing space for the owner's two children to play, and extending the

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Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Tiny 120 Sq Ft Studio Wrapped in Reclaimed Redwood Chills in Sunny California

Placed on a 3,100 square foot lot, the tiny studio was a labor of love for both John McBride, a carpenter, and Sarah. They sourced all of their own materials and did the design and the

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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

If constructed, NAMOC will be one of the world's largest art museums with enough room to circulate 38,400 visitors a day and 12 million a year. Gehry mitigates any potential mayhem with four

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Shigeru Ban Wins “Cité Musicale” Design Competition

Shigeru Ban Wins “Cité Musicale” Design Competition

Japanese master architect Shigeru Ban has won an international design competition to erect "Cité Musicale," a new mixed-use cultural center slated for Seguin Island in Boulogne-Billancourt,

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Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

Streamlined Croft House Hovers Like a Spacecraft in Australia

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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Bazz the Beekeeper’s Dog Sniffs Out Bee Disease in an Adorable Custom Suit

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Conservationists Rescue the Iberian Lynx from the Brink of Extinction

Conservationists Rescue the Iberian Lynx from the Brink of Extinction

Just five years ago, the Iberian lynx was classified as critically endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List (IUCN), but now the population in southern

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Nike’s “Making” App Helps Designers Choose the Greenest Materials

Nike’s “Making” App Helps Designers Choose the Greenest Materials

With so many materials available on the market, it can be tricky for designers to ensure that their products are made with those that have the smallest possible environmental impact. In order to

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SmartPlayhouses Give Kids an Early Start on Fabulous Design

SmartPlayhouses Give Kids an Early Start on Fabulous Design

There's no longer a good reason to stick your kids in nasty plastic playhouses when they need a private space to dream about distant worlds and play with their friends (imagined or real).

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Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone to Triple in Size this Year, NOAA Warns

Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone to Triple in Size this Year, NOAA Warns

Every year runoff carried by the Mississippi River creates a "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico - and this year it is expected to triple in size, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric

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

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

Sponsored by Burt's Bees and located directly in front of their headquarters on the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, North Carolina, the Mini-Farmery is absolutely covered in living walls.

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Evolution Can’t Keep Pace with Climate Change

Evolution Can’t Keep Pace with Climate Change

Image via Shutterstock Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson made headlines last year when he famously dismissed climate change as something that we should just adapt to, but new research shows that

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DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

When Peter Rowan left corporate life to pursue a career writing fiction and teaching, he needed a little office in which to work. So he decided to convert his backyard shed in Seattle into an

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North China Pollution Slashes Life Expectancy by 5.5 Years

North China Pollution Slashes Life Expectancy by 5.5 Years

Researchers have established a clear, quantifiable relationship between pollution in North China and life expectancy. They found that 500 million people in the country will lose a combined 2.5

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

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

Image via Shutterstock Illegal wildlife trafficking imperils the continued existence of Africa's elephants and rhinos, and it poses an increasingly dangerous security threat. During his

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Zero Carbon Green Orchard Home Boasts Operable Aluminum-Clad Wall Panels

Zero Carbon Green Orchard Home Boasts Operable Aluminum-Clad Wall Panels

Sustainable design has taken off in so many exciting directions and Paul Archer Design showcases the latest: Green Orchard features a super-insulated envelope of operable, full-height panels

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Make Your Own Summer Fudgesicles with Nutella

Make Your Own Summer Fudgesicles with Nutella

Nothing is more exciting in summer than cold chocolate on a stick, but store-bought fudgesicles are usually so full of nasty ingredients that shouldn't pass anybody's lips. Luckily, there is

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Devastating Portraits of Rana Plaza Amputee Survivors in Bangladesh

Devastating Portraits of Rana Plaza Amputee Survivors in Bangladesh

A lot of disturbing images circulated the internet following the devastating building collapse that killed nearly 1,200 garment workers in Bangladesh last April, but none are more haunting than

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

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

As global warming and climate change escalate, the push to develop better, more efficient solar energy technology has never been more urgent, and now researchers at MIT have developed ultra-thin

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1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

1,400 Solar Panels Power New Star-Shaped UN Headquarters in Copenhagen

Located on an artificial island just north of Copenhagen's city center, UN City houses 1,700 UN staff. The eight-point star represents the UN's involvement in all reaches of the globe, and the

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Marecollege: Beautiful Waldorf School Built with Natural Materials Rises in Leiden

Marecollege: Beautiful Waldorf School Built with Natural Materials Rises in Leiden

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New Study Shows Insecticide Alters Honeybee Genes

New Study Shows Insecticide Alters Honeybee Genes

Image via Shutterstock New research shows that exposure to a certain kind of insecticide alters the genetic makeup of honeybees. The US has denied the link between insecticides and honeybee

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Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

Three-Skinned Espinar House Has a Rooftop Garden with a View in Spain

In part, the superior energy efficiency is achieved with a triple skin. The first includes a sandwich panel with OSB boards, extruded polystyrene foam insulation and waterproof chipboard that

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Human Debris: Houston’s Trash-Filled Waterways Provide Fodder for Sculpture

Human Debris: Houston’s Trash-Filled Waterways Provide Fodder for Sculpture

Nothing is more disappointing for a nature photographer than finding piles of pollution while searching for inspiring new shots. Jeremy Underwoods turned his disappointment into a

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In the worst wildfire tragedy in three decades, 19 elite firefighters from Prescott, Arizona were killed last night while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire. Lightning struck between Yarnell Hill

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