Governments in large countries seem to be turning away from taxes as a way to force their citizens to follow better environmental practices, according to a report by KPMG.

Figures from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development show that environmental taxes as a proportion of gross domestic product have fallen in recent years in many economies, the report pointed out. Between 1996 and 2005, the proportion of GDP accounted for by environmental taxes across 29 of the world's largest economies has fallen by an average of 0.2 percent.

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