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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Hong Kong Launches its First Electric Taxis

Hong Kong Launches its First Electric Taxis

Hong Kong is laying the foundations for a zero-emissions city with a brand new fleet of 45 bright red electric taxis. Manufactured by China's BYD, which is partially backed by Warren Buffet,

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Two-Mile-Wide Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb – Here’s How You Can Help

Two-Mile-Wide Tornado Devastates Oklahoma City Suburb – Here’s How You Can Help

A huge two-mile-wide tornado touched down south of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon, devastating a community of 41,000 and killing as many as 51 people. The tornado hit wind speeds of 200mph and

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Two-Story Green Wall Freshens up Renovated Hotel SevenFourOne in California

Two-Story Green Wall Freshens up Renovated Hotel SevenFourOne in California

The owners of Hotel SevenFourOne commissioned Horst to renovate and remodel the hotel in a way that would reflect their overarching commitment to sustainability and Orange County's cottage

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World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

World’s Largest Hydropower Plant on Track for 2015 Groundbreaking in DR Congo

Work on the world's largest hydropower plant is expected to start in October, 2015 following commitments from the World Bank and other development agencies to finance its construction. South

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The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

The reCYCLER Upcycles Old Bikes into Funky Chairs

One day, quite by accident, Vanden Heuvel found that his love of cycling combined with metal working skills he developed while running a pig farm made an curious combination. After making his

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VOLK Furniture Adds Color, Geometry and Pattern to Old School Wooden Interiors

VOLK Furniture Adds Color, Geometry and Pattern to Old School Wooden Interiors

VOLK's founder Brian Volk-Zimmerman is a painter, musician and an amazing designer of dizzying interiors. The Ash Credenza with and without storage is hand painted with bold earthy colors into

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Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

Fast-Growing Bamboo Clads Kengo Kuma’s Tranquil Garden Terrace Miyazaki Hotel

The modest 4,562 square-meter hotel has an angled roof and is wrapped in fast-growing bamboo. A timber shelter hovers over the entrance, which leads to an expansive reception area that then

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Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

Designtree’s Gorgeous Frankie Lamps are Made with 100% Recycled PET and FSC-Certified Beech

The Frankie lamp exemplifies the best in green interior design. In addition to the felt lamp shade made from recycled plastic and the natural timber base taken from timber harvested from

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UN Issues 17 Prospecting Licenses for Deep Sea Mining Across Three Oceans

UN Issues 17 Prospecting Licenses for Deep Sea Mining Across Three Oceans

Photo via Shutterstock As if the oceans are not struggling enough with climate change, pollution and overfishing, the United Nation's International Seabed Authority (ISA) has issued 17

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Help Make Abercrombie & Fitch the “World’s Number One Brand of Homeless Apparel”

Help Make Abercrombie & Fitch the “World’s Number One Brand of Homeless Apparel”

Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries believes that only attractive people should be encouraged to wear A&F clothes, but writer Greg Karber disagrees. Offended by Jeffries' callous

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Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

Urban Chandy’s Recycled Chandeliers Use Vintage Edison Bulbs with Cool Coils

While Urban Chandy currently uses vintage Edison bulbs for their lighting, which critics worry is not the most environmentally-conscious choice, they do aspire to keep their energy as low as

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Adam Frank’s Reveal Light Projects a ‘Daylit’ Window on Any Wall

Adam Frank’s Reveal Light Projects a ‘Daylit’ Window on Any Wall

So far we've showcased Adam Frank's amazing 3D Lucid Mirror and flickering LUMEN LED nightlight displayed last weekend at BKLYN Designs, and the designer just unveiled his Reveal Projection

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MOKO Unveils Plans for Crazy Skydiving Center Made From Silos and Shipping Containers

MOKO Unveils Plans for Crazy Skydiving Center Made From Silos and Shipping Containers

MOKO Architects just unveiled plans for a diving and skydiving center constructed out of two abandoned silos and a series of staggered shipping containers. The ten story multi-purpose recreation

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Mt. Everest Glaciers are Rapidly Melting, and Humans are Probably to Blame

Mt. Everest Glaciers are Rapidly Melting, and Humans are Probably to Blame

Image via Shutterstock The glaciers atop Mt. Everest are melting at an unprecedented rate and anthropogenic global warming is likely to blame. The news comes on the heels of reports that CO2

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Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Climate Change and Melting Ice are Shifting the Polar Poles

Every year since 2005, the North Pole has shifted several centimeters, and researchers have now attributed those rapid changes to climate change. While the location of each pole is always in

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Giant Floating Rubber Duck Mysteriously Deflates in Hong Kong

Giant Floating Rubber Duck Mysteriously Deflates in Hong Kong

The giant rubber duck that recently sailed into Hong Kong has deflated into an oversize floating blob overnight, CNN reports. At first Harbor City officials didn't respond to queries about the

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Minnesota Vikings Unveil Plans for Energy-Efficient Stadium With the World’s Largest Transparent Roof

Minnesota Vikings Unveil Plans for Energy-Efficient Stadium With the World’s Largest Transparent Roof

Some critics worry that now is not the right time to spend $975 million on a stadium, but HKS has designed the 65,000 seat structure as a multi-purpose building that can be used for a variety of

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Liquid Solar Cells Could One Day be as Cheap as Paint

Liquid Solar Cells Could One Day be as Cheap as Paint

Researchers at SUNY Buffalo are working on a new generation of liquid solar cells that may one day be as cheap as paint. Although they would be significantly less efficient than conventional

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Monsanto Wins $84,456 in US Supreme Court Case Against an Indiana Farmer

Monsanto Wins $84,456 in US Supreme Court Case Against an Indiana Farmer

The United States Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto in a seed patenting case against an Indiana farmer that some had hoped would break the company's monopoly on modern

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Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

Gorgeous Yingst Retreat Nestled in a Michigan Forest has a Sod-Roofed Sauna

Black outbuildings that act as truncated garages line the path leading to the main house defined by white masonry boxed in by two bookends of sorts. Inside, exposed timber columns lend a natural

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Global Warming Will Lead to Hundreds of Millions of Climate Change Refugees

Global Warming Will Lead to Hundreds of Millions of Climate Change Refugees

Photo via Shutterstock After news broke last week that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere have officially passed the 400 parts per million mark, a leading economist and researcher warned

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Scotland’s Three Glens House Exceeds UK Energy Standards With Sheep’s Wool Insulation

Scotland’s Three Glens House Exceeds UK Energy Standards With Sheep’s Wool Insulation

Most of the stone used to integrate the home within its surroundings was gathered nearby over the years, while the oak cladding was harvested from trees felled on site. Partially built into a

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Nine Apparel Brands in Bangladesh that Operate Responsibly

Nine Apparel Brands in Bangladesh that Operate Responsibly

Calls to boycott western fashion companies mounted following the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza Building that killed more than 800 people in Bangladesh, but labor activists caution that this

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Fantasy Fashion Show Takes Place Inside a Giant Russian Space Suit

Fantasy Fashion Show Takes Place Inside a Giant Russian Space Suit

Communist leaders of the former Soviet Union had some wacky plans that trickled into all spheres of life - including fashion. So New York based artists Joanna Malinowka and Christian Tomaszewski

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Siberian Crater Lake Reveals How 400PPM Carbon Levels Affect the Arctic

Siberian Crater Lake Reveals How 400PPM Carbon Levels Affect the Arctic

A crater lake in northeast Siberia is giving researchers a much better idea of how the world's polar regions may change due to the increased saturation of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.

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Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Fluorescent Dye Boosts Solar Cell Efficiency by a Whopping 38 Percent

Yale researchers recently discovered a way to boost the efficiency of solar cells by a whopping 38 percent by coating them with a fluorescent dye. Polymer solar cells are popular for their low

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NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

NRG Energy’s New Solar Canopy Offers a Grid-Free Alternative to Rooftop Solar

The 10ft tall Solar Canopy measures 14 x 15 ft and has eight solar panels on its roof. This can generate 2.4 kilowatts of energy, or enough to cover half of a standard home's energy usage. NRG

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TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

TF-X: Terrafugia Unveils the World’s First Flying Hybrid-Electric Car

Founded by MIT graduates in 2006, Terrafugia has recently tested their first flying car - the Transition. A sleek vehicle with fold-up wings, it has two seats and a loud engine. The company has

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Christopher Polly Carves Vaulted Ceilings and Light Wells into Sydney’s Cosgriff House

Christopher Polly Carves Vaulted Ceilings and Light Wells into Sydney’s Cosgriff House

Expanding the Cosgriff House in Annandale without undue environmental impact was a driving force behind this green renovation, which is why Christopher Polly Architect did everything possible to

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Maine’s Grass-Covered Cold War Bunkers Give Bats Refuge from Deadly Disease

Maine’s Grass-Covered Cold War Bunkers Give Bats Refuge from Deadly Disease

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) inherited 43 cold war era bunkers in 1994 when the former Loring Air Force Base in Maine shut down. Used as a storage and aerial delivery site

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