Tesla pre-order customers can now customize their Model X SUV for just $132,000

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Tesla’s looooong-awaited Model X crossover SUV has been a source of great excitement among auto buffs for several years now. The fastest selling car in Tesla’s history reached that distinction way back in early 2012, and the all-electric sport utility vehicle with impressive falcon wing doors still isn’t on the road. Yet. Tesla’s still accepting pre-orders, though, and customers can now privately customize a Signature Series model for $132,000, before tax credits.

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’Death Ray’ Walkie Talkie is crowned Britain’s worst building

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Shocking study reveals 90% of seabirds have eaten plastic

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The science is clear: the oceans and its creatures simply can’t take the burden of our plastic waste. Seabirds have been ingesting more of the stuff over the past few decades and the percentage of birds with plastic in their systems is expected to hit 99 percent by 2050. The jump to 90 percent – where it is today – was a quick one, as the number was only 10 percent back in the 70s and 80s.

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GIVEAWAY: Win a Voltaic solar backpack in Inhabitat's Back to School Contest (worth $330)!

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It’s hard to believe, but fall is nearly upon us and a new semester will be in full swing sooner than we know it. Where did summer go? If you’re heading off to school, Inhabitat is here to help you hit the books with a smarter footprint – and in this year’s Back to School Contest we’re giving you the chance to win a Voltaic solar-power backpack to keep your phone and other gadgets charged all day! No more running out of juice between classes, and having to search for a power outlet. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a $199 OffGrid 6W Solar Backpack, packed with 6 Watts of solar energy to power your phone, tablet, and USB devices anytime, anywhere. And our two RUNNER UP WINNERS will snag a $129 Converter Solar Backpack that will power you through a full day of classes. Read on to learn how to enter!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so you’ll need to receive it to find out if you won!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW telling us why you need a Voltaic Solar Backpack. The deadline for this giveaway is September 11, 2015. We’ll choose the comments we like best and announce the winners in our newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

DEADLINE IS 11:50 PM SEPT 11

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Off-grid Fig Tree Residence is a modern solar-powered home in Australia

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Jenine Shereos knits her hair into intricate leaves

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Unchecked global warming could bring worst hurricanes ever seen by the end of this century

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The basic jist of almost every study we see these days related to weather, climate change, and the environment can be summed up in just a few words: it’s getting worse. Unfortunately, a new study looking into future storm patterns has a similar message. The study theorizes the possibility of rare, ultra-intense tropical cyclones researchers have dubbed “grey swans.” On the bright side, the researchers believe that, although catastrophic, it might be possible to predict such storms before they happen.

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Harvard students build a tiny 100% off-grid home powered by the sun

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Restoration of Alvar Aalto's Viipuri library in Russia awarded 2014 Modernism Prize

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World’s largest green roof unveiled in the heart of Silicon Valley

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Nest's new Learning Thermostat 3.0 is sleeker and smarter than ever before

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Stunning snowflake-shaped home in the UAE is 100% powered by the desert sun

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Score a $749 Naturepedic organic twin mattress in our Back to School Giveaway!

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Where did summer go? As the kids start heading back to school, everyone is feeling stressed and excited, so one of the most important things parents can do is to ensure they are getting a good night’s rest. One major thing that can prevent healthy, restorative sleep is a bad mattress. Nowadays, conventional mattresses are chock-full of harmful toxins that prevent us from sleeping well, not to mention make us sick. Did you know that most standard, non-organic mattresses contain threatening levels of synthetic flame retardants laced with VOCs (volatile organic compounds)? These toxic off-gassing chemicals easily collect in dust, remain circulating throughout your home for years, and are correlated with a myriad of health issues, including allergies, asthma, hormone disruption, endocrine problems and in some cases, cancer. Fortunately, there are safe mattresses on the market that are supportive, made with natural materials, and comparable in price to conventional ones.

And if you’re in the market for an organic mattress right now, you’re in luck. Thanks to Naturepedic, you could win a brand new, 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton twin mattress just in time for the new school year. Naturepedic’s beds are made with the finest certified organic cotton, and pass all Federal flammability standards without the need for flame retardants. If you’re a parent, student, or know someone deserving of this precious gift, enter to win below!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. Leave a comment below telling us why you want to win a Naturepedic 2 in 1 Organic Ultra cotton mattress, and what you love most about the mattress.

DEADLINE: Friday, Sept 4th, 11:59 PM EST

Giveaway only open to residents of U.S. and Canada.

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India's 20 million LED streetlight retrofit will save $890 million each year

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India’s government announced a major commitment to energy efficiency earlier this year when the Domestic Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) was launched, calling for 20 million lightbulbs in streetlights to be replaced with LED bulbs. The largest project of its kind, the upgrades will take about two years to complete, and comprise part of a larger effort to reduce the national power load and save hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

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Obama heads to Alaska to highlight climate change right after approving Arctic oil drilling

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About two weeks after Barack Obama gave Shell the green light to drill for oil in Arctic waters off the Alaska Coast, the president is embarking on an ironic three-day visit to Alaska aimed at highlighting the drastic effects of climate change on the state’s environment. According to Grist, along with traveling the state to see what climate change is doing to glaciers and permafrost in the state, Obama is also expected to call for more action on climate change and push for commitments to reduce carbon emissions – ahead of the UN Climate Summit taking place in Paris this December. Environmentalists were quick to call out the president for the hypocrisy of these two seemingly conflicting decisions.

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Register now for San Francisco's 2015 Architecture and the City festival

Register now for San Francisco's 2015 Architecture and the City…

AIA SF's Architecture and the City Festival is bringing a great program of design events to San Francisco this September - sign up now before spots fill up!

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Adventure awaits at the charming Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods

Adventure awaits at the charming Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods

Need an escape from the city? Adventure and nature awaits you at the beautiful Tye Haus A-frame Cabin in the woods. Surrounded by some of the best hikes in the Pacific Northwest, the…

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Sky Greens is the world’s first hydraulic-driven vertical farm

Sky Greens is the world’s first hydraulic-driven vertical farm

When it comes to growing food, the sky's the limit thanks to innovations like the Sky Urban Vertical Farming System. Designed and pioneered by the Singapore-based company Sky Greens,…

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INFOGRAPHIC: Best plants for removing indoor toxins

INFOGRAPHIC: Best plants for removing indoor toxins

Houseplants do a superb job at removing the hidden toxins lurking in the home. Those toxins, also known as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), can be found in many common household items…

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The recycled wood ORION lamp can be adjusted using a sliding weight

The recycled wood ORION lamp can be adjusted using a sliding weight

Interior lamp made by recycled wood. Chippings, derived from manufacturing processes, pulverized and mixed with glue, become wood paste. This paste is used to create the particular…

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