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Italy to become first country to make studying climate change compulsory in schools

Under a new law, all state schools will dedicate around an hour a week to sustainability and climate change issues from the beginning of the next academic year.

Enel plans to invest ‚¬10.6 billion in 11.6 GW of renewable energy

Italian energy giant Enel has announced its Strategic Plan for the next three years, which includes plans to invest ‚¬10.6 billion in new renewable energy capacity with plans to create an additional 11.6 gigawatts (GW).

Humans intentionally use adhesives for the first time, perhaps in modern-day Italy (~200,000 B.C.E. ???)

Two stone flakes partly covered in birch-bark-tar were discovered in central Italy. The probable chronology of the stone flakes is compatible with the late Middle Pleistocene.

Bartolomeo Cristofori invents the piano

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700 (the exact year is uncertain), in which the strings are struck by hammers.

Raphael completes his painting The School of Athens

The School of Athens is considered €œthe perfect embodiment of the classical spirit of the High Renaissance€ and it is the most famous painting by Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino.

Leonardo da Vinci paints the Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa, oil painting on a poplar wood panel by the Italian painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer Leonardo da Vinci, is probably the world's most-famous painting.

Marco Polo publishes his tales of his journey to China

The Travels of Marco Polo, is a 13th-century travelogue describing Polo's travels through Asia between 1271 and 1295, and his experiences at the court of Kublai Khan.

Lucius Sextius Lateranus becomes the first plebeian consul of Rome

The Lex Licinia Sextia, also known as the Licinian Rogations, was a series of laws proposed by the tribunes of the plebs, Lucius Sextius Lateranus and Gaius Licinius Stolo. These laws provided for a limit on the interest rate of loans and a restriction on private ownership of land. A third law, which provided for one of the two consuls to be a plebeian.

Humans begin implementing dental procedures for the first time, perhaps in modern-day Italy

The earliest evidence of dental caries intervention on a Late Upper Palaeolithic modern human specimen (Villabruna) is from a burial in Northern Italy.