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BUSINESS Capital City Weekly Just as Nero fiddled while Rome burned, U.S. policy makers are quibbling over climate issues as bivalves dissolve in an increasingly corrosive Pacific Ocean.

Acidification is melting shellfish

In this Dec. 8, 2011 file photo, Dammon Saunders, a deckhand with Taylor Shellfish Farms, reaches for a container as he transplants Totten Virginica oysters, on the waters of Oyster Bay in the Totten Inlet near Shelton, Wash.
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In this Dec. 8, 2011 file photo, Dammon Saunders, a deckhand with Taylor Shellfish Farms, reaches for a container as he transplants Totten Virginica oysters, on the waters of Oyster Bay in the Totten Inlet near Shelton, Wash.
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