A lone visitor pauses in the steam from the geothermal springs of Hell Valley in the Beitou area of Taipei, Taiwan, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Thirty-six countries gave the official start Monday to an initiative to promote geothermal energy in developing economies as a cleaner alternative to oil, gas and coal.The Global Geothermal Alliance, launched on the sidelines of the U.N. climate talks in Le Bourget, aims at a sixfold increase in geothermal electricity production and a tripling of geothermal-derived heating by 2030 .Geothermal energy entails drilling into hot rock and using the heated water to generate electricity or provide heating for communities.
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