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
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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Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Melting Arctic Seas are Turning into Giant Pools of Acid, Researchers Warn

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers warn that the cold Arctic seas are undergoing a process of rapid acidification as a result of rising carbon emissions. With its protective ice cap

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The Slabs: Gorgeous Italian Pavilion Crowned with a Sky Garden Proposed for Milan Expo 2015

The Slabs: Gorgeous Italian Pavilion Crowned with a Sky Garden Proposed for Milan Expo 2015

Although the glass and marble structure is something of an engineering feat, the materials aren't very soul-enriching, which is why MenoMeno Piu and BE.ST literally incorporated foliage into the

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World’s First 3D-Printed Gun Fired Successfully in Texas

World’s First 3D-Printed Gun Fired Successfully in Texas

The world's first 3D-printed gun was successfully fired over the weekend, officially ushering in a new era of "wiki weapons." University of Texas law student Cody Wilson launched an Indiegogo

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Artist Miya Ando’s Bioluminescent Leaves Emit a Soft Nighttime Glow

Artist Miya Ando’s Bioluminescent Leaves Emit a Soft Nighttime Glow

Named after the Japanese Obon Festival, which commemorates the spirit of the dead and is said to guide ancestral spirits home with floating lanterns, Ando's floating poetry also mimics

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Boston Magazine’s Iconic Image of Marathon Runners’ Shoes Builds Post-Tragedy Resilience

Boston Magazine’s Iconic Image of Marathon Runners’ Shoes Builds Post-Tragedy Resilience

Everything changed for Boston Magazine when the Boston marathon explosions occurred just three days before they were due to publish their next issue. The editors had very little time to

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11 Eco-tastic Gifts for Mother’s Day

11 Eco-tastic Gifts for Mother’s Day

11 Eco-tastic Gifts for Mother's Day SUCCULENT WALL PLANTER KIT If your mom has a green thumb, she will love this earthy wall planter kit. The kit comes complete with the frame, a wire mesh,

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US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

Photo via Shutterstock Just days after Europe placed a two year ban on bee-killing pesticides, the US government has released a claim that there is no clear link between widespread colony

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Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way

Passive PEAK House Preserves Energy the Appalachian Way

A modern home kitted out with all of the latest technology, including a vast solar array that provides all of its power, the PEAK House nonetheless maintains the comforting ambience of a rustic

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Vaulted Mapungubwe Interpretation Center in South Africa Shortlisted for 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award

Vaulted Mapungubwe Interpretation Center in South Africa Shortlisted for 2013 Aga Khan Architecture Award

A UNESCO World Heritage Site located where the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers meet, far north near the borders of Botswana and Zimbabwe, it was once home to one of South Africa's earliest trading

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Grand Canyon Uranium Mine as Big as a Walmart Parking Lot to Proceed Despite Obama Ban

Grand Canyon Uranium Mine as Big as a Walmart Parking Lot to Proceed Despite Obama Ban

Grand Canyon photo from Shutterstock A Canadian company has received federal approval to proceed with a uranium mine near the Grand Canyon despite a ban put in place by President Obama last

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Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

Solar and Wind-Powered Comandante Ferraz Antarctic Station Wins International Competition

A symbol of Brazil's contribution to science and design, Estudio 41's concept proposal was carefully constructed to ensure a protective shell that would preserve not only the fragile humans

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11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

11 Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled into Waterways in Hurricane Sandy’s Wake

Climate Central recently reported that 11 billion gallons of untreated human waste spilled into the waterways surrounding New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy ripped through

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Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Global Carbon Emissions Set to Hit Alarming 400 Parts Per Million Milestone

Photo via Shutterstock For the first time in up to five million years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere is about to reach 400 parts per million (ppm). Former NASA

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Bee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe!

Bee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe!

Today the European Commission voted to ban pesticides that are widely believed to be harmful to bees, The BBC reports. Last month the commission presented a proposal to ban neonicotinoid

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House Uesslingen: Swiss Prefab Home Topped With a Sawtooth Roof

House Uesslingen: Swiss Prefab Home Topped With a Sawtooth Roof

Limited by planning laws, Spillmann Echsle found a way to incorporate the iconic pitched roof into the Uesslingen house design while also giving it a contemporary spin that references factories

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How to Buy Clothes that Don’t Harm Third World Workers

How to Buy Clothes that Don’t Harm Third World Workers

Last week's collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh has shone a bright light on working conditions that we have known for years are not sustainable. More than 300 people have

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Win a Sustainable Cassia Weekender Bag from Canopy Verde

Win a Sustainable Cassia Weekender Bag from Canopy Verde

Spring has sprung, which means it's time to dust off your sandals and emerge from your cave, but you'll need company. We've teamed up with Canopy Verde to give away one of their awesome Cassia

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