Extreme weather is new normal, U.N.'s Ban tells climate talks
* Talks to agree extension to Kyoto protocol have stalled
* Ban Ki-moon urges nations to cast off apathy, agree a deal
* Says wants Kyoto to stay platform to fight climate change
* Wants rich nations to step up climate change aid to poor
By Barbara Lewis and Alister Doyle
DOHA, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Extreme weather is the new normal and poses a threat to the human race, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday, as he sought to revive deadlocked global climate change talks.
Ban's intervention came as efforts to agree a symbolic extension of the U.N. Kyoto Protocol, a treaty that obliges about 35 developed nations to cut their greenhouse gas emissions, looked to be faltering.
In a speech to almost 200 nations meeting in Doha to try to get a breakthrough, Ban said a thaw in Arctic sea ice to record lows this year, superstorms and rising sea levels were all signs of a crisis.
"The abnormal is the new normal," he told delegates at the Nov. 26-Dec. 7 talks. He said signs of change were apparent everywhere and "from the United States to India, from Ukraine to Brazil, drought (has) decimated essential global crops". Continued...