Chris Baker's recent opinion piece on coal and climate change (NZ Herald, June 12) seems to miss the point that we are facing a potentially catastrophic climate crisis that urgently needs to be addressed. He may be acting as a spokesperson for the minerals sector, but it is really important that this group also understands what is happening, both so they can make appropriate decisions in their own businesses and also play a part in protecting our planet.

The special report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), released last October, stresses the critical need to