writes that the AI-powered twin for our planet simulates the interaction between natural events and human activities to find how they affect industries such as power, food and water.

Previously, climate and weather predictions focused on localized or larger global systems, but the new project, dubbed Destination Earth or DestinE, brings climate data and combines it with human activity in order to “depict the complex processes of the entire Earth system”.

The project was initiated by the European Commission following a 315 million euros investment and officials hope that the AI-powered tool will help researchers better determine how climate change might affect us in the future, but also find out ways to prepare for natural disasters.

Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice-President for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age, said that "the launch of the initial Destination Earth (DestinE) is a true game changer in our fight against climate change. It means that we can observe environmental challenges which can help us predict future scenarios - like we have never done before... Today, the future is literally at our fingertips."

The DestinE program currently focuses on two scenarios, one focusing on climate change adaptation and the other, on weather-induced extreme phenomena. By 2030, after years of learning our planet's climate behaviors, it could offer a 1:1 replica of planet Earth.

The extreme heatwaves that hit Europe from 2003 until 2010 accounted for over 80% of the continent's weather-related deaths and the temperature situation isn't getting any better, since May was the 12th consecutive month that brought record-breaking temperatures.

By 2027, the team of experts at DestinE plan to develop multiple climate simulations, as well as expanding on the list of services available, so that they can have as much data as possible to create an accurate climate picture.